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(05 March 2000) Singer songwriter Ginger MacKenzie's second album
Kismet (Earthnoise (USA) EN33-80465-2, 1999) follows a debut
entitled Earthbound (Earthnoise (USA), 1998)—now available exclusively
An album of live songs entitled Live At The Cactus
is also available there. Like her debut, the new album is a mosaic of
original songs ranging in styles from uptempo alternative pop numbers
through blues and country to soft heartfelt ballads. MacKenzie hails
from Austin, Texas where she has become a household name in just a few
short months. She won fourteen songwriting awards and her songs have
received significant local airplay. A full biography is available at
The opening number from the ten-track Kismet album has been
most widely played and is being used in a forthcoming Mirimax film.
Vocally lovely, sung sweet—Rikki Lee Jones style—and with feeling,
it is a highly accessible folk rock song with obvious mass appeal.
String loops at the introduction to the dancier trip-hop-oriented,
percussive "Lord" provide a slight industrial texture, reminscent of
Single Gun Theory,
while Ginger's vocal excursions and expressiveness are again more
accessible. "Love Is Hell" is an example of the album's soft
alternative rock songs with its sweet vocals and balanced guitar,
bass and light percussion.
"Conditional" is a jazz blues crossover track with very light
instrumentation and almost spoken vocals. "Whole Heart" is a bluesy
ballad, featuring a broad range of vocals soaring passages that add
texture during the bridge. The rock-country crossover songs "I Believe
In Love" and "I Can Feel My Heart" feature the widest vocal excursions
on the album. MacKenzie's most likely bids for Dawson's Creek
and other popular television series music are the lovely heartfelt
soft rock "Standing Still" and ballad "I'm Not Leaving You."
The album closes with "Surface Of Your Soul" which most fully
illustrates the full range, power and sheer energy of Ginger
MacKenzie's vocal talent. Thickening instrumentals demonstrate
the virtuousity of her supporting band.
Ginger MacKenzie's Kismet is an album that shows the talent
of a budding artist with "with such boundless energy, an undeniable
songwriting talent and a voice that evokes the sound of a clear
waterfall leaping earthward." Although her music was initially only
commonplace in the southwest, a nationwide presence is emerging as
her popularity grows. Her new album should be explored further; it
is a nice listen!