(02 April 2000) Scarlet's Web is a new solo project from Lucid's lead singer
and songwriter, keyboardest Theresa Musser (Scarlet). She was with Anywhere But
Here earlier. We were provided a six-track demo in advance of the artist's
first full-length independent release scheduled for later this month. A
nine-track digital audio music CD is currently available from the
Scarlet's music blands melodic vocals to hypnotic beats. The result is
an adult alternative almost-pop sound with sensitive lyrical content. Music
Connection Magazine described her voice as "soft as silk yet powerful
at the same time." We could not agree more. Most comparable to Sarah McLachlan,
others have compared her favourably to Enya and Everthing But The Girl.
"Where I Stand" is a jazz-influenced rock number with soaring and sensitive vocals
supported by rich keyboard arrangements and crisp percussion as well as thick
backing vocals. A bluesy vibe with an almost spoken vocal texture drives the
track "Didn't Know." Layers of vocals in the chorus provide a contrasting
texture within the track. "Soul Mate" is a sweet ballad with a jazzy coffee
house edge; it is sung primarily over piano and is illustrative of the artist's
vocal and expressive range.
The track "Melancholy Serenade" is a highly
accessible track with powerful instrumental arrangements, lots of backing
vocals and a lovely mid-register vocal lead. Steve Plunkett's production
is evident in the final mix with vocals way up despite the instrumental
arrangements' thickness. "Fragment" is equally accessible, but with
lead and backing vocals mixed much higher up—in your face—it is certain to
please female vocal enthusiasts. Our demo concludes with "Pretend," a slow
and sensitive yet dance-oriented ballad, with lots of melodic keys and crisp
percussion supporting layers of vocals. The lead vocals are crystalline
and mixed way up, where they belong.
Clearly the Scarlet's Web demo is indicative of an exciting full length release.
Interested listeners are encouraged to sample the artist's D.A.M. CD in the meantime.
A nice listen!