(07 December 2003) Canadian vocal siren Kristy Thirsk
is beloved by many as lead vocalist of the now defunct
Rose Chronicles and oft-contributing singer for electronica
band Delerium. Let's be clear from the outset--Kristy
Thirsk is an amazingly gifted singer, hands-down. With
her uncanny ability to stretch her voice from the lowest
growl to the highest celestial tones, Kristy Thirsk is
a naturally blessed talent.
After working for months in the studio with producer
Eric Rosse, Kristy has finally released her full-length
debut album, Souvenir (Pretty Noise Productions
(Canada) 8 21228 80076 6, 2003). An attention-grabbing
collection, it is chock-full of great songwriting and
incomparable singing. In January 2004, Kristy joins
the prestigious list of Musical Discoveries
Kristy does not hold back with the kickin' opener
"Indifference." Strumming guitars create a folksy
Jewel vibe, but the percussion and electric guitars
shape the song into a rocking number. One is instantly
drawn to Kristy's gorgeous and emotive singing.
Kristy pushes more fully into the rock-n-roll realm
with songs like "Imagination." "Home for Angels" is a
slightly more ambient and gentle number reminiscent of
Cocteau Twins and featuring light percussive elements
and fantastic layered vocals.
Certainly a standout track, "Runaway" is a racing,
energized and vibrant song. Kristy's voice perfectly
fits the accelerating beats and dark guitar rifts.
When this song reaches the chorus, it explodes with
energy and intensity.
Songs like "Hypnotized" and "Second Fiddle" are breezy
pop-tinged numbers that meander in summery fashion. At
points the album veers towards an almost alt-rock/gothic
sound--reminding us of her days with Rose Chronicles--as
with the song "Whitelight." Even at these shadowed
points, Kristy is something mesmerizing to hear.
Incandescent and pensive, the final track "Souvenir"
is a gentle and tender goodbye. The 2004 release includes the stunning bonus track "Over It" co-written with Eric Rosse. Mixed a little rougher than the preceding tracks, Kristy's lead and backing vocals blend wonderfully in this heartfelt rocker that includes a chorus with a tremendous hook.
There's no question that
Kristy Thrisk is a musical force to be reckoned with.
With numerous collaborations under her belt Kristy is
finally stepping into the spotlight on her own--and
the results can only speak of greater things to come.