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House Of Red
(12 February 2000) The self-titled debut album by New York
City's House Of Red was made generally available during 1999.
Self-produced with twelve stunning adult alternative vocally
inspired tracks, the recording captures the talent, inspiration
and energy of the members working together as a band and as
individual artists. Production quality of the recording is
tops and the artwork in the booklet accompanying the compact
disc is first class.
House of Red is centered around a songwriting and production
collaboration consisting of their singer Ann Marie, keyboardist
Sasi Shalom and guitarist Ben Butler. The band also features
Steve Hass on drums, Richard Hammond on Bass, Joey Cardello on
percussion, and guest vocalist Katie Ostrow. House of Red's common
vision is to create music which reflects the journey of the human
experience. Through the use of poetic images, rich textures,
explosive rhythms and evocative melodies, House of Red produces
music that is both powerful and graceful, full of drama and
intimacy. Be sure to visit the band's
website for further
biographical details and
mp3.com website for soundbites
and further information.
The album's tracks include highly accessible almost
pop numbers ("Falling Down," "Life," and "I Would Not Lie")
with their layers of rich vocals. Slow moving heartfelt
ballads ("Gently Free," "Us," "You Are My Love") sung almost
solo with the lightest of acoustic instrumentation explore
the reaches and sensitivity of Ann Marie's voice. "I Would
Not Lie" is more richly instrumentally accompanied and the
solo vocal parts give this memorable track more of a
Broadway / West End Musical texture. The light yet instrumentally
lush vocal track "Second Wind" is a lovely illustration of the
band's integrated talents.
The whispery and bluesy "Slow Down" is reminscent of early
Amy Grant while the alternative pop track "Sea Change" would
be right at home within some of the most popular television
The band's rocking title track features highly
emotive vocals and lush instrumentation of equal depth.
Celtic-pop crossover tracks include "I Would Not Lie" and
"Life" which is certainly one of the most noticable tracks
on the album, and with its stunning vocals and complimentary
instrumentals, will attract a broad audience. An acoustic
reprise of the track, with Ann Marie's vocals accompanied
just by piano, concludes the album.
House Of Red performs primarily in New York city.
Their album will soon be available directly from their
website and in selected retail outlets.
Certainly worth a long distance journey, House Of Red's
self-titled debut album is a must listen!