(08 April 2000) The debut album from Tacye is entitled I Don't Need
A Gun (Radikal Records (USA) RAD 90002-2, 2000). Produced by Mike
Bennett, the album is the first to actually be issued as a two-CD set,
with one including an electronic mix and the other an acoustic mix
of the same seventeen track titles. The unique concept actually
works very well from both listening and marketing perspectives-a
single album that will appeal to two distinctly different listening
tastes with a common thread. The vocal work on both compact discs is
stunning in every respect, with lush sensuality even surpassing the
cover image. Soundbites are available at the artist's
mp3.com and at
Radikal Records websites.
Further biographic information is available at the artist's
Both CDs are technically superb with lush instrumental arrangements and
incredible soaring vocals, reminscent at times of Kate Bush and at others
of Enya and other well-known recording artists. Tacye has a stunning voice
with power, range and style reflecting years of proper training.
The "Acoustica" CD is mixed lighter, with clear solo and multi-tracked
vocals arranged without any sort of a club feel. But it is far from being
completely acoustic in nature. Thoughtful instrumentation including piano, synthesizer, guitar and bass join crisp percussion to perfectly compliment
the stunning and evocative lead vocal work. Songs work together to make
a cohesive album, easy to absorb end-to-end without ever feeling repetition
across the variety of tracks. The music is neither new age nor pop. It
is a worldly mixture of adult alternative sounds that are certain to appeal
a wide range of female vocal enthusiasts.
The "Electronica" CD has a definite club feel to it, with instrumental
and vocal arrangements being far lusher, thumpier and more suitable
to a dance atmosphere. Production quality is certainly tops clearly
demonstrating that the recording wasn't just thrown together in a remix
studio. The vocal arrangements and mix are impressive with equal
clarity and levels as on the "Acoustica" CD. Tacye's lead vocals
continue to soar well above the instrumentals with each element of
the music complimenting each other effectively.
What perhaps is the most stunning aspect of this unique two-CD set is
the way that the artist and producer have been able to create two such
different atmospheres from the same seventeen tracks.
Radikal has payed particular attention to the album's packaging and
illustration with stunning sensual imagery accompanying the two compact
discs right down to the artwork silkscreened on the individual CDs.
Listen to soundbites and order the album from amazon.com
here. The "In My Dreams" maxi single contains "electronica,"
"acoustica" and two other remixes of the track. You can order it
Tacye's debut album I Don't Need A Gun is one of the best new releases
of 2000. Worth a cross-country journey, it is absolutely a must listen!