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Solitary World
Image © 1999 Lobelia Inc 

(15 July 2000) Although she has written over 300 songs, Lobelia's first recording features only thirteen of them and is entitled Solitary World (Lobelia, Inc (USA) 6 46397 10762 7, 1999). "Lobelia's lyrical stories reach out to the individual listener, drawing them into the lives of of her characters." Now aged 27, the response to Lobelia's music has been tremendous and "only time will tell what the future has in store" for her.

Produced by James Marlin and fronted by Dan Kane, Solitary World was recorded in only three months in Winser, Nebraska. Lobelia is currently based in Morgantown, West Virginia. Her music can best be categorised as general pop, but as an indie release, her album doesn't adhere to the stigma often associated with pop culture. A particularly attractive photograph of the artist adorns the back of the booklet accompanying the CD. Further photographs are available in her website's gallery.

The album features upbeat, highly accessible, moving vocal tracks and also a collection of ballads. The opening track "So Many Promises" is a fast paced track with sweet vocal layers supported by nicely arranged rock instrumentals and a stunning and highly memorable soaring lead vocal. The guitar parts compliment the vocal work in the moderate paced "I Can't Forget" while the keyboards and piano perfectly support the dynamic vocal arrangement in the lovely title track. Vocal layers work extremely well, complimenting the orchestral instrumental arrangement in "Matter Of Feelings."

The ballads include "I'm Lost" with it's highly emotive delivery and a passionate track sung over piano called "Time Will Tell" which would be perfectly at home at one of the WB TV teen shows like Dawson's Creek. The emotionally wrenching "You Never Knew Me" and "Soul Destroyed" would be equally at home in the TV show setting. "Rain" and "Empty Handed" are sung wonderfully over a lively piano melody; vocal layers in the choruses are sweet and evocative. Orchestral backing is added in "Mask," a lovely and highly accessible ballad with a rocking edge and dynamic vocal excursions that add to the overall texture of the track. We especially enjoyed the lushly sung ballad "Quiet." Powerful and sensual vocals are perfectly complimented by layers of guitar. The artist's vocal qualities are likely best illustrated in the extremely sensitive (think slow-dancing) ballad "Life."

The artist's work is available from online sources and there are plenty of downloads available for listener sampling. Soundbites, further information and Digital Audio Music CDs can be ordered at Lobelia's mp3.com website. Lobelia's debut album provides a first glimpse into the vocal talent and diversity of this rapidly rising singer songwriter. Certain to achieve both industry acclaim and commercial success, female vocal enthusiasts will want to watch her career develop further. The debut album is worth a journey, indeed a very nice listen!

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