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Lipstick On A War Pig

Victoria Faiella

Within the first few measures of War Pigs, you realize that Victoria Faiella is a force to be reckoned with. Taking on Black Sabbath’s perennial anthem is one thing, transporting it to the other side of the world is another. Under Faiella’s direction, War Pigs receives a culture shock, heavy metal turning into mysterious, Middle Eastern exoticism. But this rhythmic, witchy arrangement is sort of a non sequitur. Love Ashes”Crack the Whip is pure romanticism, the singer’s voice shifting from the distorted pitch of War Pigs to one that’s soft and lilting. Faiella is a nimble picker and percussionist, and both skills are on display on All Fall Down”a track that would feel like global folk if not for a string section. As a musician, Faiella’s scope is formidable, her songs transfixing each in their own way. And she can give Ozzy a run for his money. We like her.