Haven – Haven [2000]

Haven ST  Rose CoppolaCountry USA          Style Hard Rock

Rating 80/100

Band Members
Rose Coppola – Vocals, John McCarthy – Guitars,Vocals, Nick DiMichino – Bass, Wayne Sobotso – Drums

Additional members
Al Spinelli – Keyboards , Scott Cunningham – Drums , Mark Dirini – Bass

Tracks
01. Me, 02. Crazy For Lovin’ You, 03. Really Good Times, 04. Crawl Back To Me, 05. Shaman Lies, 06. Understood, 07. Shake Me Down, 08. Seven Million Stars, 09. Hollywood, 10. Love Hurts, 11. Don’t Cry It’s Only Thunder, 12. Waiting For Love To Come

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Profile HAVEN was a Melodic Hard Rock consisting of female singer Rose Coppola and guitar player John McCarthy. Taking the name from thier native town (New Haven, Connecticut), during the nineties the band performed & opened for many national artists: Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, Steelheart, LA Guns, XYZ and more. Seems Rose Coppola is a well known vocal teacher as well, as she released the popular ‘Rock Your Vox Vocal Performance Instructional DVD’ and has trained bands such as Zebra and Winger for their debut albums’ harmony backing vocals.

HAVEN never made it big or inked a record deal, but managed to release by themselves the collection of all their nineties recordings in this self-titled CD (now impossible to find). The material ranges from American Melodic Hard Rock to radio-rock oriented tunes. The quality in sound varies as these tracks were recorded between 1990-1999 in different studio facilities. Songwriting is strong for the most part, being my favorites the more rockin’ ones as the tongue-in-cheek opener “Me”, “Crazy For Lovin’ You”, and specially the choppin’ guitar driven “Really Good Times”. There’s a good poppy oriented track in “Crawl Back To Me” and a good cover of “Love Hurts” made popular by Nazareth.

The ballad “Don’t Cry It’s Only Thunder” is one of the best produced tracks here, complete with orchestrations and a really good vocal duet between Coppola & McCarthy. HAVEN had potential, and although some tracks are not completely well mixed, you guess the great product they would able to deliver with a proper producer tweaking the knobs.

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