You probably don’t know Reina del Cid — or the talented band that bears her name — but terrific new album “The Cooling” might help change all that. The Minnesota-based quartet honed their skills with more than 300 shows in preparation for debut “The Cooling” and the hard work has paid off.
Joining vocalist/songwriter del Cid are Toni Lindgren (guitars), Chris Wiberg (bass) and Zach Schmidt (drums). They have cobbled together a 10-track gem of pop/rock tunes that should have pretty universal appeal. Del Cid’s voice is distinctive, yet pleasing, and the album is a winner from beginning to end.
The one-two opening punch of “Sweet Annie” and personal favorite “This One’s Gonna Hurt” get the album off to a flying start, and the band also impresses on standout cuts “Where the Sun Always Shines,” “Morse Code,” “Xanadu,” the title track and “Death Cap.” I can’t wait to hear more from this up-and-coming young band. (Jeffrey Sisk)