Review - Wellville

Artist: Wellville

Wellville
Label: self-release
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Wellville

Since the release of 1998's "Happier Girl," Orlando's Wellville has been slowly growing beyond the confines of that album's spare folk stylings. The result of this evolution shows in their remarkable self-titled second album. Wellville displays a wide range of tasty pop-rock influences and more complex production and arrangements than any previous release.

Singer Liz Larizza's velveteen vocals are sung over cheery Brit-pop, soaring guitar rock and even slinky R&B. Mike Maurice's guitar and Pete Ornstein's restrained keyboards add washes of atmosphere throughout, and Larizza's ability to write memorable, bittersweet pop songs shows no sign of slowing down. The band also redid four songs from "Happier Girl," transforming acoustic favorites like "Heaven Help Me" into proper rockers. Confident, complex and effortlessly catchy, Wellville shows the band pushing their folk-rock roots into a future that seems full of new sounds and possibilities.

Scroll to read more Music Stories + Interviews articles
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Orlando Weekly Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.