(01 October 2000) The first full length album from Theresa
Musser's Scarlet's Web is entitled Reborn (Musser Records (USA)
JBM 1102, 2000). In addition to providing all of the vocals, Theresa
also produced the recording. Musical Discoveries visitors will recall that
Musser was formerly lead vocalist with the alternative/indie rock band Lucid
(review). Several of her solo recordings
with Scarlet's Web were also discussed at Musical Discoveries earlier this year
(review). Recently the track "If I
Couldn't Have You" was featured on MTV's series Live Through This.
Theresa Musser is certainly one of the most versatile lead
vocalists reviewed in our digest during the past year. While some might
compare her style to Madonna, her voice is more crystalline, evocative and
sensual. The new album includes twelve lightly rocking tracks including
former favourites "Fragment," "Pretend," "Soul Mate," "Where I Stand"
and a lovely acoustic version of "Didn't Know"
Half of the album's tracks are new to Musical Discoveries. There
is a lovely intro entitled "Scarlet's Chant" with layers of stunning Enya-like
vocalise and woodwind sounds. The soft rocking sound of the title track is
driven from the lead and backing vocal layers while strings and percussion in
the arrangement work perfectly. Theresa's lead vocals carry the melody and
are contrasted nicely by acoustic guitar and further string arrangements
and vocal harmonies in the track "In The Dark."
The rhythm of "If I Coudn't Have You" is balanced by the catchy
melody delivered in the vocal part. Additional layers provide dimension to
the song which was recorded earlier under the monniker "Melancholy Serenade."
Theresa's evocative style is combined with her extensive range in the soft
ballad "My Room"; harmony vocals and lovely instrumental arrangements
perfectly support the artist's lead. The textures further develop in the
softly rocking pop-style tune "Tenderloin."
You can order the album and listen to samples from it at the artist's
website. This album, like the
recordings that have preceded it are worth lots of further exploration.
The crystalline vocals, excellent songwriting and superb production make this
full length debut from Theresa Musser's Scarlet's Web a must listen!