(30 June 2002) The third album by Alaska's Colleen Coadic ("& the next twelve") is a further 12-track collection of singer songwriter style compositions entitled Scream Of Consciousness (Badoo Toonz (Canada) BT188202, 1999). The singer's earlier albums are also generally available through online shops.
Scream Of Consciousness includes contributions by Sean Cobb (bass), Kris Rosentrater (drums, percussion) and Bart Boggen (electric and classical guitar, banjitar). Guests included Stephnaie Rosentrater (additional vocals), Ian Cemeron (electric violin) and Dave Sampson. Colleen does the lead vocal work and is credited for acoustic guitar as well.
Musical Discoveries editors first discovered Colleen's music when working on the Balligomingo project. There you'll find a comprehensive interview with the artist. You can also click on the link in the left hand column to access both directly. Colleen contributed to the songs "Escape" and "Being" on the album.
One will immediately notice the improvement in vocal presence on the album. While the style remains clearly singer songwriter, the instrumental mix is sharper and clearer and new vocal harmonies are evident from the opening track "Wonder Years" and the serious rocker "Saving Grace." Arrangements are thicker--with lots of guitar riffs--and more professionally produced as well.
And if Today had slight musings of Alison Moyet, this follow-up album draws more heavily on the influence with stretches into Yaz as well, certainly evident in "My Adoring Glance" and "Hypnotized." The rocking texture coupled with the vocal and instrumental density of the album is a certain improvement. Rhymically moving numbers like "Baraka" and "Deep in the Pharmacy" and classic rockers like "Medocrity" and the gentler "Ripple" demonstrate the broad style of the album. Evocative ballads illustrate Colleen's softer stile and include "I'm Not Feeling Real," "Mother Me" and the stunning title track "Scream Of Consciousness"--a must listen.
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Worth a journey, especially for Balligomingo enthusiasts, the album is a nice listen!