(20 January 2001) The self-titled debut album from Mira
(Projekt (USA) 96, 2000) is comprised of 10-vocally rich guitar-based
tracks that can be favourably compared to the sounds of Love Spirals
Downwards, This Ascension and State of Grace. Lead vocalist Regina
Sosinski is backed by Tom Parker (guitar), Alan Donaldson (drums)
and Max Fresen (bass). The band are based in Tallahasse, Florida.
Click on the album cover to visit the band's official website.
Mira's appearance on last year's Projekt compilation,
A Cat-Shaped Hole In My Heart, garnered the most press and fan
attention of any track on the album. That song, "Cayman," also appears
on this debut album. Regina's vocals soar above driving guitars and
light percussion and the band's sound departs somewhat from the goth
orientation that the label is often known for.
Mira's sound typifies the heavenly vocals genre and is
carried by Regina's soaring lead vocals while guitars drift in and out
of moody alternative rock style melodies. While some vocalists with
such sweetness would require multi-tracking to produce power, the
clarity and confidence evidenced in Regina's voice carries melodies
without doing so. The album's ballads are balanced with gently rocking
numbers. The album opens with "Alone," a tender ballad perfectly
constructed to introduce the band's sound and the clarity of Regina's
voice to the eager listener. The band's intensity spans an equally
evocative range with "Real" being one of the album's harder pieces.
"Blister" is one of the album's standout tracks.
Sung primarily as a ballad, the track's chorus moves right along
uptempo with a lovely hook. "Even Now" is similar in its construction
with heavier instrumentation but equally stunning crystalline vocals.
The effective blend of guitar-based instrumentals and voice clearly
explain why the band are garnering such critical attention. The goth
sounding "Something Ventured" is more traditionally Projekt but vocally
more stunning. Regina's vocals are most stunning, soaring and mixed
way up and over the instrumentals, in the album's closing masterwork
"In The End."
The debut album by Mira is a wonderful blend of stunning
heavenly vocal work with richly produced instrumentals. While most of
the tracks are soothing in their construction, the album's contrasting
rock textures contribute to its overall interest and will expand the
label's audience outside those that prefer only the melancholy.
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we were most impressed
with lead vocalist Regina Sosinski's performances
the instrumental work is superb. A stunning debut album certainly worth a journey, it
is a must listen!