(23 November 2000) Naimee Coleman's second album is
entitled Bring Down The Moon. Due out in early 2001 on Chrysalis,
Musical Discoveries editors were provided with a five track sampler
to whet our appetite for her new release. Naimee's debut album
Silver Wrists (Chrysalis Records (UK) CD SIL1, 1997) received
critical acclaim internationally as well as in one of the first reviews
published at Musical Discoveries. Anyone interested even remotely in
The Corrs' music will be enthralled with Naimee's work.
The success of that album in Ireland elicited invitations for Naimee
to perform with the likes of Donal Lunny and Sinead O'Connor and to co-wrte
with songwriters in Nashville, and in Miles Copeland's castle retreat in
the South of France. Other writers involved included Go-Go girl Jane
Wiedlin, Paul Brady and former Police drummer and movie soundtrack
favourite Stewart Copeland. Some of the results of these songwriter
brainstorming sessions will be found on the forthcoming album. It was
produced by Ian Stanley. The first single from the album is Naimee's
interpretation of The Cure classic "Love Song," released in November
and following on from her top five single success with "Ordinary
World," featuring Aurora.
Our five-track album sampler from Bring Down The Moon
(Chrysalis (UK) naimeedj001, 2000), for promotional use only, begins with
"Love Song." While the lyrics are almost spoken in spots of this
melancholy song, rich vocal harmonies in the chorus are unmistakably
Naimee Coleman. Instrumentals are sparse but effectively support
the lovely lead vocal part. "Sugar Me" is a highly accessible ballad
with crisp percussion and contemporary instrumentation supporting
Naimee's evocative lead and backing vocals. The pop-oriented upbeat
"My Star" demonstrates a strong resemblence to the music of The Corrs.
Naimee's lead vocals soar while her backing vocal arrangements blend
with contemporary and traditional instrumentals, highlighted in a
Especially rich instrumental arrangements support
layers of stunning vocals in the lightly rocking track "Standing
Strong." Contrasts include a stunning vocal lead and in the verses
and lovely harmonies in chorus that highlighted string arrangements.
The album's title track, "Bring Down The Moon," is a dynamically
arranged piece moving back and forth between a sensitive ballad and
richly arranged pop-oriented track. The power, range and depth of
Naimee's vocal talent rises above the well-played and -arranged
instrumentals and carries the track.
Our patient wait for Naimee's follow up to Silver
Wrists is quickly coming to an end. The five-track album sampler
reveals significant artistic development along a line parallel with
The Corrs. While Irish roots remain the artist's drive towards a
contemporary sound is equally evident.
You can order Naimee Coleman's self-titled album from amazon.com
Stay tuned to Musical
Discoveries for our full album review and exclusive interview
with the artist. Naimee's sampler is certainly indicative that
the new ablum will be worth a trans-Atlantic journey-a must listen.