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Image Sonya Greta 2004 
 

(01 July 2004) Indie singer Sonya Greta recently debuted her ten-track album, Vigilante Arcade (Self-Released (USA), 2004). The words and music were all composed by this folk-based California songstress. Sonya is able to blend pop, folk styles and even a bit of country effortlessly while being a remarkable contemporary storyteller.

This collection of songs portrays a temperment based on tales of misfortune, failure, anger and recovery. Yet, she leaves you with some optimisim, that ray of hope in her music. The title song, "Vigilante Arcade" has a hint of country in this upbeat melody with great harmonica accompaniment. She changes her focus in the next track, "Ode to Mrs. Pontellier" with a more somber and haunting vocal. Sonya's soothing tone and her sensitivity shines through, along with the instrumental background.

In making this CD she said, "My goal was to make use of the modern production techniques available, while keeping the organic elements of the performances." Well, she certainly achieves her goals with the moving lyrics and flowing refrains. Her sensuous tones appear in "I Don't See You" and "Woodswoman" which evoke a haunting sensation.

Sonya takes center stage with her instrumental performances on harmonica, acoustic and electric guitars, piano and Wurlitzer piano. However, her striking vocals and musical creativity put her in the limelight.

 
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