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Maggie Reilly Starcrossed
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(30 September 2000) Maggie Reilly's most recent release is entitled Starcrossed (EMI Electrola (Germany) 7243 5 25415 2 2, 2000). In her solo career that followed a successful association with Mike Oldfield ("Moonlight Shadow," etc.), Reilly has already released three albums, a range of singles and a best of compilation. Her solo career began with Echoes (1992) and was immediately followed up by Midnight Sun (1993). After a break, Elena (1997) emerged. The Best Of compilation There And Back Again actually features a new recording of "Moonlight Shadow." Reilly's latest album is a natural development of the artist's adult alternative contemporary singing songwriting style.

Interestingly Maggie Reilly's albums are rarely domestically released either in the Americas or United Kingdom. Originally from Scotland, she sings in English and her music, like Miriam Stockley's, has broad appeal but the German community seems to have recognised her talent more than other territories. This latest release features twelve mostly easy rocking tracks featuring soaring vocals with additional layers contributing to the textures achieved. A bevy of guest artists are listed as contributing to the recordings. They include: Nico Ramsden (guitars), Fergus Durrant (percussion) Danny Schogger (keyboards), Charlie Dore (additional backing vocals), Grant Mitchell (bass and drum programming), Chris Rea (slide guitar), Churcho Merchan (guitars, bass, backing vocals), Stuart Mackillop (keyboards), Blair Mackichan (addional backing vocals), Guy Pratt (bass), Miles Bould (drums), and Adam Drake (guitars).

Clearly the most catchy track of the album is "When It's Over" with its obvious single potential. Lush instrumentals perfectly compliment Maggie's stunning lead and additional layers of backing vocals. The ballad "Always You" is, by stark contrast, a lovely ballad, lightly instrumented with simply stunning vocals; tribal sounding layers in the chorus are most reminscent of Miriam Stockley's style. "I Think It's Gonna Rain" is sung totally a capella and is a testament to the artist's virtuousity and vocal maturity.

Light rocking tracks dominate the balance of the album's set list. "Always You" blends lovely lead vocals with lush arrangements and additional vocal layers while electronics dominate arrangements in "Now" to give it a dance flavour. "Replay" is an evocative, rock-style ballad with bluesy verses contrasted by choruses having a highly accessible pop flavour. We quite enjoyed "Talking To Myself" and "Changes" with their contrasting textures spanning dance electronica, light rock and ballad styles and soaring lead vocals balanced with layers of backing harmonies. The album concludes with the upbeat track "Memories" which, like many of those that precede it balancing lovely lead vocals with backing layers of harmony vocals and lovely arrangements; percussion is most notable in the closing track.

The compact disc is accompanied by a lovely booklet with full size and thumbnail photos of the arist. Lyrics for the track "Adelena" are included but the others have been omitted. You can read further reviews and order Maggie Reilly's Starcrossed album from amazon.com at a reasonable price here. Certainly worth a transatlantic journey, this wonderful Maggie Reilly album, just like those that precede it, is a must listen!

 
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