(16 July 2000) The self-titled debut EP from Sally
Cooper contains four tracks that illustrate the depth
and range of this Austrailian singer songwriter. Cooper
performs lead and backing vocals and is supported by
Rex Goh (guitar), Richard Melick (keyboards and backing
vocals), Victor Rounds (bass), Chad Wackerman (drums)
and Tony Azzopardi (percussion).
From her mp3.com summary, "[Sally Cooper presents]
a sultry, soulful style and [with her 14-track Digital
Audio Music compact disc from mp3.com -- reviewed
below] offers a
sensational collection of universally appealing,
cleverly crafted and catchy songs. Each tells its
own unique tumultuous tale of love's endeavours.
The tunes here are Sally's best, each unique in
their own "hit written all over it" quality."
"Sally sings in a way that extracts an abundance of
emotion with each phrase and nuance. Refreshingly
sweet, passionate, and honest, you'll want to take
the time to delight your senses as she delivers her
tunes with an alternation of warm dulcet tones and
soaring vocals." We especially enjoyed both instrumental
and vocal excursions. The lead is sensuallly sung,
and evocative especially when she soars above the
otherwise lush instrumental arrangements.
We were amazed with the richness of the production
quality on the EP—it is first class all the way and
shares its style with work of Madonna and big name
artists operating on that level. Keyboards, guitars
and percussion are all perfectly arranged and balanced
against Sally's powerful, evocative and sultry voice.
"Love I Feel" is a gently rocking Madonna-like tune,
with several spoken segments between the lush harmonies
of the chorus. Sally Cooper's power is immediately
evident within the track despite the richness of the
instrumental arrangements. "Make You Mine" is a lovely
ballad sung sweetly and sensually over the lightest
instrumentation except during the instrumental bridge
where Rex Goh's guitar riffs dominate the sound.
"Never Too Late" is an upbeat dance-oriented tune
with a lovely lead vocal that soars above the R&B
instrumental arrangement. The EP concludes with a
lively bluesy tune entitled "Turn Around" that
shows Sally at her sultriest. Vocal production on
the last two tracks is notch and illustrates Cooper's
power and range.
(31 July 2000) The Sally Cooper Album.
A soulful selection of pop, R&B and
alternative tunes are presented by Australian songstress
Sally Cooper on her self-titled Digital Audio Music
(D.A.M.) CD (mp3.com (USA) 21425, 2000). The CD has both
full fidelity CD audio and mp3 versions of the 14 tracks
on it; the mp3 versions play through software contained
on the CD when used on a computer. The four tracks on
the EP reviewed above are also contained on the D.A.M.
In addition to performing as a solo artist, she is the
driving force behind The Sally Cooper Band and has worked
supporting well known musicians such as Frank Zappa,
Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Jenny Morris, Daryl
Braithwaite and Marcia Tunes.
Empassioned tales of love's warmth and consequence are
delivered through each of the tracks on the album. With
varied vocals and catchy beats, each song captures the
mood perfectly. "Soon Enough," the first track sets the
pace. With a Madonna-like vocal and strong beat, the
song reall brings out what Sally can do. "Love I
Feel" is more upbeat track. The vocals are more spoken
than sung, however, when the singing appears you just
want to hum to this catchy song. "Never Too Late" offers
more of an R&B best to it whilst bringing out the strong
emotion within the vocal part and beat of the song.
"Only Lonely People Can Play," a strong love-oriented
ballad, really shows the soulful music that can be produced
through the magnificient vocals of Sally Cooper just the
same as in "Make You Mine," a more upbeat ballad. "Turn
Around," is more in the alternative style, as is "Divinity."
"Answer In The Wind" seems to be a track of its own. While
soulful like "Only Lonely People Can Play," the crystalline
vocals and light piano instrumentation drive one to listen
to the words and focus on the meaning of the track. The
tender ballad "Love Me" is produced in a similar style.
"Hear What You Say" combines a light classical vocal part
with country rhythms to create an easy listening light rock
sound. "He Takes His Time" really delves deep into an
honest feeling of love that Sally felt when writing this
song. This soulful, beautiful track leads right into
a more upbeat song, "Tell Me Tenderly," a song of
wanting love. While "Skies Are Sometimes Blue" illustrates
the lighter version of love in a ballad style, "Like A Child"
presents an upbeat version of the strong emotion of love.
Further information, mp3 downloads and links are available at Sally's
can also order from a range of three EPs for $5.99 as well as the 14-track
Digital Audio Music CD reviewed above for only $10.00 there. A wonderful
introduction to a well established Southeast Asia-based artist, we found
her full length DAM CD delightful and certainly a very nice
listen!—Deborah J Elliot