Britt Black Blackout

At only 20 years of age, Britt Black already knows her way around the music industry, starting way back at the tender age of ten, when she co-wrote the song "Violence” for Bif Naked. But what really launched her name was her former band, LiveonRelease, who she formed when she was only 14. When LiveonRelease disbanded a couple of years ago, Black went on to become Bif Naked’s lead guitarist. Now, she’s back with her solo debut, Blackout. Anyone familiar with LiveonRelease (particularly known for their semi-hit "I’m Afraid of Britney Spears”) can expect the similar style with Black’s new material. The first single off the album, "Jet Black Heart,” is decent, but average, and the rock ballad "Stuck Here” showcases the prettier side of Black’s voice; she really shines on the faster, harder tracks like "Sick & Tired.” It’s when the energy starts to fly that she seems to really lose herself in what she’s doing. Another more notable moment is the cover of the Cult’s "She Sells Sanctuary,” which has Black dropping the more exotic adornments of the original version and turning it into an all-out hard rock song. (Her Royal Majesty)