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Tandem Music Group 1999
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(16 April 2000) The latest compilation album from Tandem Music Group (Canada),
entitled Celtic Mystique (Cat. No. ACD 711-2, 1999) with a catch phrase
"Women Of Song" is comprised of twelve contemporary Celtic tracks featuring
as many female vocalists. Similar in style but with slightly more
contemporary tracks than Faire Celts (review),
this compilation has also been released by Sattva Music Verlag of Germany in
Europe's Benelux and GAS countries plus Portugal and Israel, although in a
different configuration and under the title Barrachash—Celtic Jewels.
It has also been released in Scotland by Highlander Records, in Taiwan by
Jingo Records, and in the US (with a different cover) and on a non-exclusive
basis) by Metacom Music. Tandem Music Group President Graham Way oversaw
the creation and production of the album. He told us, "It was a labour of
love for me, albeit an arduous one in terms of putting it all together."
Additional details are available at the label's website.
We were quite pleased to see the label include "On Heaven's Shore" from
Mae McKenna's latest album
(review) as well as
"Bird Of Paradise" from Carmina's
Pippa Marland. Both artists are extremely gifted and their work should
be further explored. Also included are renditions of songs made popular
by other artists or of traditional origin. A stunning version of "Circle
Of Stone" by Laura Powers and "Danny Boy" by Sheila Ryan are examples.
Jennifer White's "Loch Lamond" is yet another.
The album's highlight is "Ancient Souls" by Gabrielle Angelique. This
progressive Celtic number combines the young lady's incredible vocal work
with contemporary orchestral instrumentation and illustrates the promise
of this emerging talent. Graham Way told us, "[the song] was produced by
me in Vancouver specifically for this album. Gabrielle recorded a
self-produced album [entitled Echo] of original material a couple of
years ago ... a noble first effort ... Since recording "Ancient Souls"
for us a year ago we have been discussing with her and her family the
recording of a complete album of celtic-influenced/pop contemporary
music. Gabrielle performs in the Minnesota area."
Another one of our favourites from the album is Darby DeVon's
"Highlands," the title track from her album; it is an Enya-like
track with much thicker orchestral instrumentation. Musical
Discoveries plans to review more of Darby's work in the future.
Anne Martin, hailing from Scotland's Isle of Skye, sings "Oran
Leannan Sithe," and is reminscent of Karen Matheson of Capercaillie.
Sharon Murpny's "Homes Of Donegal" and Jennifer Parsignault's
"Prayer for St. Symin" are both a traditional-sounding Celtic
hymns made more contemporary through their rich instrumental
You can hear soundbites of every song, read reviews and order
the album at
amazon.com. The album is also available directly from the Tandem Music Group
website. This compilation serves
as a fabulous introduction to several of Musical Discoveries' editors'
favourite artists as well as some exciting new talent that we hope to
review further in the future. The package is stunning in every respect
with classy liner notes featuring images of every one of the
artists, a summary of their background and information about the specific tracks included. Worth a cross-country journey, it is absolutely a must listen!
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(16 April 2000) The latest new age compilation by Real Music (USA),
entitled Infinity (Cat. No. RM2350, 2000) is the follow up to
the highly successful 1999 album Touching Beauty and the ongoing
bestseller Eternity, A Romantic Collection. The album is
comprised by twelve tracks from various artists, incorporating heavenly
female vocals on and off throughout the album. The album's executive
producer is Terence Yallop. Just like Real Music's Ceredwen
(review) and 2002
albums, the packaging and technical production quality is first rate.
The album opens with a lovely new age instrumental entitled "Love's
Story" by Paul Machlis. The lullaby sounding "Silence" from Through
These Eyes by Bliss is filled with stunning heavenly vocals combining
scat with lyrics, and is one of the album's treasures. Hilary Stagg's
"Sweet Return" from the album of the same name is played primarily on
harp and other strings, yet Enya-like vocalise adds to the texture of
the soothing track. The piano number "I Watched Her from Afar" by
Brian BecVar has a lovely melody. Congratulations to Real Music for
including the very Enya-like track "Elysian Fields" and another more
independent sounding song entitled "Starwalkers"—both from 2002's
latest album (review).
Kevin Kern's "To Sleep on Angels' Wings" is a Celtic-derived
string-based instrumental with a lovely and soft melody. Vocalise
and keyboards join the strings to add depth to the track. Kern's
new age instrumental cover of Elton John's "We All Fall in Love
Sometimes," also included on this album, is especially memorable.
Jim Chappell's soft piano melody in "Precious Memories" is very
soothing bridging 2002's "Starwalkers" to the crisp harp and
string-intensive melody of "For My Love" by Hilary Stagg.
Gary Remal Malkin's short and quietly symphonic
soundtrack-like instrumental "The First Night" from his album
Thousand Pieces Of Gold is a worldly track from 1992.
We especially enjoyed the brief whistle part. Infinity
concludes with Egil Fylling's nine-minute epic "Anahata" from
the forthcoming album of the same name. Here worldly
instrumentals using a variety of strings, bell-like
effects, whistle and other keyboard sounds join choral
vocalise to produce a stunning new age track.
You can hear further soundbites, read reviews and order the album at
amazon.com. The latest compilation from Real Music Inifinity
contains almost an hour of modern new age instrumental music, much
laced with female vocals. Certainly worthy of further exploration it
is a very nice listen.
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Tandem Records / Excellent Music
(16 April 2000) West Of Eden's "This Piece Of Earth" is included in Narada's
Faire Celts compilation (review). Their
debut self-titled album (Tandem Records (Ireland) EKGCD002, 1997) is comprised
of twelve progressive and traditional Celtic-flavoured tracks featuring the
stunning lead vocal work of Jenny Schaub. She has been praised by Rock 'n
Reel for her vocal work, being called "a primetime Sandy Denny." Clearly
the traditional sounding track "Waltz For My Father" illustrates her vocal
West Of Eden are from Gothenburg, Sweden. The
group was formed in 1995
by four friends that had a desire to play Irish music. West Of Eden combine
the musical language of traditional Celtic music with their own more
pop-oriented background. Instrumentally West Of Eden mix electric guitars,
keyboards, drums and bass with traditonal instruments like whistles, fiddle,
accordian and mandolin. The result is a progressive Celtic sound, certain to
please those with traditional as well as contemporary preferences. Further
information about the band, images and soundbites are available at their
The ballad "Shamrock Hotel" opens the album. Jenny's stunning vocal
is accompanied by a lovely piano melody and a calling whistle part.
"This Piece Of Earth" is a new age Celtic combination arranged with lots
of strings and brightly sung lead vocal. Certain to please many audiences
is the track "High Ground," a contemporary track with crystalline vocals
that rise above shimmering well-arranged instrumentals. "Hide and Seek"
and "Where The Ivy Is Growing"
are both soothing traditionally-rooted ballads enriched with bass and
"Raising O'Malley's Barn" is a moving traditional Celtic
pop crossover track with excellent instrumental arrangements with
lead vocals sung by Martin Schaub. He also sings the contemporary and
well-arranged ballad "Ripperton Road" and upbeat folk tune backed by
mandolin entitled "Common Wonders." "I Don't Care" is a traditional
folk song with lots of accordian and whistle led by Jenny's vocals.
Crisp percussion and rich symphonic orchestration back Jenny in the
hymn-like track entitled "King" and the contemporary Celtic piece
"Endless Sea." Both are very memorable and highlight the band's
West Of Eden's debut self-titled album is a wonderful combination of
traditional and contemporary Celtic crossover music by a talented group of
musicians. The majority of their tracks are highly memorable and
several are awe inspiring. The album is available from the group's
website and local distributors in various territories. Worthy of
further exploration and a long distance journey, the album is a
very nice listen!
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Sweet Sound Music
(17 April 2000) Candy Sanders' debut album Gangster Of Love (Sweet Sound
Music (USA), CMC1998, 1998) is comprised of twelve alternative rock tracks, sung
in a Kate Bush, maybe even Michelle Young, theatrical style. From Staten
Island, NY, Candy has been a celebrated performer since the age of three! Her
voice certainly combines the qualities of Kate Bush, Cyndi Lauper and Natalie
In addition to recording, Candy has performed in Broadway shows, off-Broadway,
Cabaret Clubs, Musical Reviews, Summer Stock and Dinner Theatres. She also
has her own Cable Television series called Candy's Music Club which
has just won three Nova (Notable and Outstanding Video Achievement) awards.
She has also won numerous other entertainment industry awards. Lots of further
available at her website.
With all tracks written by Candy herself, this debut album runs just under
The album opens with the rocking "Hell To Pay," a track with soaring lead
vocals, clearly illustrating the artist's prowess and stylistic similarity to
Kate Bush. The underlying instrumental reminded us of Jefferson Airplane's
"White Rabbit." "Black & White Blues" and "Don't Stop" are moving blues numbers
with sparse instrumentation, crisp percussion and evocative solo vocals.
The track "Little Pieces (Candy Mix)" has a new wave structure
but has soaring vocals a la Kate Bush—the similarity of sound is daunting.
As implied by two of the titles, the club mix of "Little Pieces," "Dancin'"
and "Diamond Cutter" are club-oriented tracks with lots of percussion, eery
instrumentation, and the most evocative, sensual vocals.
The album's title track continues in a similar vein; here crisp percussion
and light instrumentation accompany Candy's Betty-Boop—think Cyndi Lauper—like
vocals. The vocals in "Midnite Lover" are similar but the song has a lovely
melody and a catchy chorus.
"Funky Stuff" is more heavily arranged instrumentally; bluesy in its
construction, the vocals lie in between the Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper styles,
soaring evocatively at times. A lovely moving ballad entitled "One Kiss"
is a highly accessible almost 60s love song effectively combining
instrumental and vocal arrangements. The album concludes with "Italian
Girl," a highly accessible and sensitively sung rock number.
Candy Sanders' music should be further explored by those that enjoy the
music of Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper. Her album can be obtained via her
website and you can hear sound samples at
mp3.com website. This first album,
featuring Candy's own tracks and stunning vocal work is worth a journey. For
Kate Bush and Cyndi Lauper enthusiasts, it is a must listen!
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(13 May 2000) The title track of Darby DeVon's 11-track album
Highlands (Etherean Music (USA) 97347 35012, 1999) is also featured on
the Celtic Mystique compilation (review).
A reprise concludes the album and brackets nine Celtic-tinged vocally
rich new age pieces. DeVon's music will certainly appeal to
enthusiasts of Maire Brennan, Enya and Miriam Stockley. While the
music is instrumentally rich with accordian, hammered dulcimer, fiddle,
violin, viola, cello, recorder and double bass joining contemporary
keyboards and guitars, Darby's extensive vocal contribution is the driving
force within the music with both lyrical and vocalise passages. A lovely
booklet complete with song backgrounds explaining the theme of the
album accompanies the compact disc.
The title track is a highly instrumental number filled with stunning
vocalise. "The Knight At Dublin Castle" is a moving and catchy Celtic
ballad balancing traditional with contemporary instrumentation while
instrumentals and vocalise characterise the contemporary ballad "The
Quest of Lia Fall." A certain favourite track is "Daydreams." It is
a very accessible rhythmic Enya-like number with layers of vocalise
supporting a lovely and sensitively sung lead vocal. Allusions to
Enya's style return in "Together We Fly. Upbeat and dynamic contemporary
instrumentals join traditional sounds and layers of vocalise cohesively
bind the song together.
"Valparaiso" is a lovely ballad, most reminiscent of Miriam Stockley's
"Song Of The Seahorse." From the liner notes, "A mystical and intuitive
interpretation of this reflective composition by Sting mirrirs the
Hero's pensive inner landscape." Evocatively sung in all respects,
backing vocals add to the texture of the otherwise simple
instrumentation of the track.
The album's pure instrumentals include the soft "Passage to Iona"
arranged in a Renaissance (-faire) style with a calling recorder
and hammer dulcimer playing highly notable parts. Another is "Oghma's
Return" mixing traditional Irish jig-like passages with the more
military themes of Scottish Celtic music. The reprise of "Highlands"
is reminscent of the tracks that precede it, clearly illustrating the
variety of instrumental arrangements within the album.
Darby DeVon's debut album Highlands is certainly one of the
finest new age-oriented albums we've heard this year and filled with
stunning vocals and well-written and performed instrumental arrangements,
worth a cross-country journey, is a must listen!
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(13 May 2000) Gabrielle Angelique's stunning and richly
arranged song "Ancient Souls" is featured in the Celtic
Mystique compilation (review).
Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Gabrielle's debut album,
Echo (Lantern Productions (USA), 1998), includes
thirteen vocally- or instrumentally-oriented tracks with a
variety of keyboard-based instrumentation. With the exception
of lyrics on two of the album's tracks ("Star Seeds" and "Where
I Run To" by Anna Klein), the entire project was written and
performed by the artist herself; the recording was completed
when she was only 17 and was digitally mastered on her
Yamaha MX-3. The title of the album is based on a poem
by Christina Rosetti (1830-1894); Renaissance fans will
recall that Rosetti wrote the hymn "In The Bleak Midwinter"
recorded by Annie Haslam and Michael Dunford as Nevada in
Gabrielle's debut album drew attention from Tandem Music's
Graham Way who arranged for Gabrielle to train with Canada's
one of North America's top pop vocal and talent
development coaches. The resulting three-way collaboration
produced "Ancient Souls" for Celtic Mystique when
Gabrielle was 18—the song illustrates significant artistic
development from her debut and the tremendous potential of
this singer / songwriter / harpist. Gabrielle has just
finished her first solo harp album. Entitled Light,
it will be released in June 2000.
Echo's tracks are primarily soft ballads or
instrumentals alternating between classical derivations, new
age sounds and soft rock.
Many of the tracks feature complex orchestral arrangements
while soaring vocal excursions are most reminscent of progressive
rock artist Sally French especially in the incredible epic
"The Third Insight." Moody and evocative soprano vocals carry
many of the songs and are supported by lovely and highly impressive
classically-derived and expansive instrumental arrangements.
"Creation," "Monsoon" and "Where I Run To" both contain a
stunning piano solos.
Masterful of her keyboard both in songwriting and arranging
as well as instrumental sample selections, Gabrielle's songs are
equally written to demonstrate the breadth of her vocal talent.
Multi-tracking is used in various places within the album to add
texture and additional dimension to the songs. Vocal passages
are evocative, sensual and sensitive, soaring to effectively
illustrate emotional content.
Ocean effects compliment instrumental arrangements
in "Ancient Travelers," an upbeat instrumental piece that
effectively combines new age sounds with contemporary themes.
A similar sound emerges from the lovely instrumental "Awakening"
while "Star Seeds" is a folk rock ballad with a rich orchestral
arrangement and a stunning lead vocal part. The album concludes
with "Where I Run To," a lovely ballad sung over light piano
Gabrielle's debut album is available from the artist's website. Echo is a lovely
album in all respects. With expressive vocals and imaginative
songwriting, it is a fantastic introduction to this talented
young woman and certainly worth a long-distance journey;
we think it is a must listen!
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(13 May 2000) The debut album from Scottish born and
now Canadian singer / songwriter / piano player Michaela
Foster-Marsh is entitled Fairy Tales & the Death of
Innocence (Kavanagh Productions (Canada) HD3078,
1998). The stunning recording is comprised of eleven heartfelt
vocally-intensive tracks that are complimented by lush
atmospheric and orchestral instrumental arrangements.
Lyrically as strong as the beauty of the music and performances,
the songs are "born from the artist's experience on how the
paradoxes, tensions and conflicting aspects of life affect
us all." The artist's live performances are reported to
be intimate experiences and should not be missed.
With musical influences of Kate Bush, Pink Floyd, Beethoven,
Enigma and Celtic artists, comparisons of her music are often
made to that of Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt,
Kate Bush, Natalie Merchant, Joni Mitchell, Ani
DeFranco, Fiona Apple, and Sheryl Crow are often made.
An occasional allusion to Stevie Nicks may also be evident
to some listeners. The debut album is a collarobration with
Toronto-based, Juno Award winning producer Greg Kavanagh.
Michaela has a wonderful voice that is certain to appeal
to a broad range of audiences.
While some of the album's tracks move right along and
almost rock ("Right Now," "Falling Angel" and "Naked in the
Water"), the majority of the songs are whispier ballads
sung evocatively over orchestrally lush accompaniment.
We were especially drawn to the moving ballad "Fallen Angel"
with it's contemporary keyboard-based instrumental arrangement
and most sensitive yet powerful lead vocal. Michaela recently
recorded a video to promote the worldly track "Naked In The Water"
in Toronto with images that effectively accompany the various
passages of the song and also illustrate her physical
The album's ballads are evocatively sung and lightly
accompanied by strings and piano. "The Maker or the
Holy Man" has gently soaring vocal excursions that perfectly
support the lyrical content. "Rag Doll" is performed in
a similar style. A lovely piano melody underscores a
beautiful vocal lead in "Drawn;" strings add additional
textures underscoring the message. The album's concluding
track is a lovely ballad accompanied primarily by piano
with light strings entitled "The Other Side."
The album has several blues oriented numbers; in "Time Bomb"
vocals and strings produce the desired effect. "Obvious" is
performed in a lighter vein with sounds equally bordering
soft folk rock and blues undertones. The title track is a
bluesy ballad carried by stunning lead vocals completely
illustrative of the artist's vocal talent and is accompanied
by the lightest string arrangements in the first movement.
Thicker arrangements build as the song develops with crisp
percussion, more dynamic instrumentation and soaring vocal
passages. A similar style is evident in the bluesy ballad
"Torn To Bits" with it's orchestral instrumental backing
You can read further reviews, hear sound samples and order Michaela's
album Fairy Tales & The Death Of Innocence from amazon.com
here. With a broad range of styles, excellent songwriting and
instrumental arrangements joining her amazing vocal prowess, Michaela's
album is a must listen!
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(13 May 2000) The second album by Mulberry Lane is entitled
Run Your Own Race (Refuge (USA) RFGDE-11911, 1999). Their
debut, Don't Cry 'Till You Get To The Car from 1998 remains
generally available today (review).
latest release includes a lovely booklet with photos, lyrics
and further background information both on the performers and
the songs themselves.
The album cover shows that Mulberry Lane are four gorgeous singer
songwriter sisters—Jaymie, Allie, Rachel and Heather—ranging in age
from 22 to 28. Creative spirits influended by timeless
pop forerunners like the Beatles, the Eagles and Boys II Men, the
band creates poetic lyrics, catchy tunes and sings wonderful vocal
harmonies not unlike Wilson Phillips and The Corrs. In their most
recent album, the band aligned with executive producer Don Gehman,
founder of Refuge and producer of major performers John Mellencamp,
Tracy Chapman, Hootie & the Blowfish and others.
Run Your Own Race is comprised of ten highly accessible
alternative tracks ranging from moving alternative pop rock numbers
to sensitively sung ballads. Vocal harmonies dominate the band's
sound. The band's debut single "Harmless" was well charted in
four territories (US, Japan, Germany and Holland) and received
rave reviews. An upbeat pop number similar in some ways to
Wilson Phillips' hit "Hold On" typifies the Mulberry Lane style
with heartfelt lyrics, a catchy melody and lovely vocal harmonies.
The followup single from the new album "Just One Breath" secured a
spot in Kevin Costner's movie For Love of the Game. A slower
almost-ballad number, it is more lightly instrumented but is equally
lush in its vocals with a stunning lead standing above the supporting
harmonies. "I Don't Love You" is written and performed in
a similar, highly accessible style.
Contrasting the alternative pop numbers are the album's ballads
("The Why," "Crisis Time," "Just Another Friday" and "Sisters Case").
Here Jaymie's or Allie's lead—like Andrea Corr—shine above Rachel's
alto and low harmonies and Heather's sensual high part. The sultry
sound of "Crisis Time" and rich supporting harmonies in "Sisters Case
are especially notable. The album's light pop tracks ("I Believe It's
Love," "Jerimiah," "I Don't Know How To Deal") are as enjoyable as
the fast paced rockers and ballads and continue to illustrate the
"In a time when pre-fabricated groups are all over the charts, ML
stands out from the rest because they are a product of their own
creation and vision. The e-mails they receive come from girls who are
inspired by Mulberry Lane because they prove that females in today's
music industry can make it on their own music, voices, thoughts
and brains." You can read further reviews, listen to sound samples
and order their album Run Your Own Race from amazon.com
here. We hope to review their debut album eventually but until
then you can learn more about it with reviews, samples and ordering information
here. With a broad range of alternative / pop song styles, excellent
songwriting and instrumental arrangements joining their amazing vocal talents,
Mulberry Lane's latest album is a must listen!
Laundry Room Records 1997
(13 May 2000) Winners of the 1998 Musician Magazine Best Unsigned
Band Competition 17 Reasons Why's debut album is entitled The Dark Years
(Laundry Room Records (USA) LRR9609, 1997). The 11-track recording is
comprised of rocking numbers and ballads fronted by vocalist and rhythm
guitar player Sattie Clark. The Portland, Oregon-based band also includes
Chris Nolan (bass), Kirk Nebel (lead guitar), Eric Kaster (drums) and Abbie
Gonzalez (harmony vocals). The album is easy to listen to and draws interest
from first listen and the opening rocker "Look For You."
Vocals throughout the album are mixed way up, just as Musical Discoveries
readers typically like them. Sattie's voice is reminsicent of Maria Miller
(Crannog), especially in the softly rocking
"Independence" and "Mercy." Vocal harmonies provide additional texture to
the tracks when they are included.
The album's more rocking numbers pay equal attention to the vocals,
never drowning them out with guitar-based instrumentals. "Intense,"
"Mercy" and the highly accessible "Parallel Lines" are examples of the
band's most dynamic sounds. The rhythmic "Rearview Mirror" is a slower
rock number; the impressive guitar parts within it seem to work well
with the range of Sattie's vocals adding substantial atmosphere to the
track. We were most reminded of the early 70s with the highly accessible
rock'n'roll number "Nothing Left To Talk About" which has a chorus with
a real hook and a harmonica to add texture to the overall sound.
17 Reasons Why music can evoke a broad range of emotions. In "Splinter"
a soft rock theme joins an otherwise bluesy vocal and supporting instrumental
texture. "Birthday" goes deeper into a raunchier blues-like theme. The
ballad "The Dream Inside The Dream" draws on other strings to produce an
extremely sensuous and evocative sound. A soft ballad entitled "White
Linen" concludes the album and features Satties most sensitive vocals
over light acoustic guitar and light strings alone. A lovely bonus track
well into the twelfth slot features sensitive vocals over a very
light piano acompaniment is actually a unique reprise of "Splinter."
You can read further reviews, listen to sound samples and order their
album The Dark Years from amazon.com
here. With a broad range of adult alternative rock songs and excellent
songwriting joining Sattie Clark's vocal talents, 17 Reasons Why's album is
worth a journey and is a very nice listen!
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(13 May 2000) Singer / songwriter Sally Anthony has not yet
released an album but has generated two EPs; One Word Poetry
Contest is the artist's five-track debut and The Preview
is a four-track followup. Her "vocal style blends powerful
alternative with soulful R&B, and delivers a strong performance
of original material." Two tracks from her debut album were
picked up for the independent film Loser Love starring Lauren
Hutton and Burt Young.
The first EP spans the range of the artist's styles. "They
Say" develops into a lush rocking number complete with hook in
its chorus. "Places" is a soft ballad, most illustrative of Sally's
vocal prowess, full of emotion with sensitive and sensual vocal
performances. We were most reminded of Andrea Corr in this
performance. Backing vocals are effective in adding texture to
the track. "Mary" is a dynamic alternative rock ballad with moving
choruses full of lush backing vocals, heavy guitar and soaring lead
vocals. Sally's soaring vocals carry the sensitive ballad "Witness"
which builds in lushness as the song develops. "Phil 4: II" is a
rhythmic rocker with highly experimental and imaginative vocals.
Sally Anthony's second EP, The Preview picks up where her
first left off. With touring and further studio work among her
accomplishments, production is more lush, and vocals are clearer
from the outset. "Martyr" is a modern alternative rock track
with a quick lead vocal supported by soaring harmonies and loads
of guitar. Experimental style vocals heard earlier in "Phil 4,"
continue in "Never Here" but are supported by additional harmonies
characteristic of this second EP. "Fleeting" is the EP's soft
and heartfelt ballad sung over piano. Lovely harmonies support
the lead vocal track and add texture to the overall sound. We
were again reminded of Andrea Corr with Sally's vocal performance.
The EP concludes with the dynamic rocker "I Know You." Here
powerful vocal performance are underscored by rich guitar-based
instrumentation. The EP certainly illlustrates the professional
development of this stunning vocal artist.
With two EPs now under her belt, it seems that Sally Anthony is
ready to generate a full length album. She has illustrated a
broad range of talent, both in singing and songwriting and the
range of styles is dramatic. Both will interest female vocal
enthusiasts and are available from the artist's website. Worth
a journey, they are a nice listen!
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Higher Octave Music
(13 May 2000) The second album from Mythos, a project led by
Bob D'Eith and Paul Schmidt, is entitled The Reality Of A
Dreamer (Higher Octave Music (USA) HOMCD 49807, 2000).
Their second album again "blends sounds that are purely organic
and human (soaring vocals, piano and guitar) with electronic
foundations and atmospheres from the synthesizer." Many of the
album's tracks would be equally comfortable in a major film
The debut album by Mythos debut album received critical acclaim
(review). The album is produced
by Bob D'Eith (piano and keyboard); co-writer Paul Schmidt also
plays guitars. Vocals are by the two extremely talented
vocalists Christine Duncan and Jennifer Scott and while dominated
by ethereal soaring vocalise, one track entitled "Vision II" is
actually the first by the Mythos to contain lyrics. A stunning
piano solo in the instrumental ballad "Fantasy" is especially
noteworthy. Similarly, the Spanish classical guitar within
"Reveries" is completely illustrative of Paul Schmidt's
capability and a lovely illustration of his talent.
Jennifer's numbers include "Requiem," "Solstice," "Destiny,"
"The Ring" and "Redemption" while Christine Duncan's include
"Venice" "Vision I" and "Vision II." Her singing is restricted
to layers of soprano vocalise and adds significant texture to the
world music inspired rhythmic tunes of varying tempos. The
epic "Solstice" is reminiscent of Enya's tunes in some places.
Her soaring ethereal vocalise in "Destiny" is awe inspiring
and perfectly compliments the instrumental arrangements.
"The Ring" is a lovely track that combines piano and guitar with
layers of Jennifer's soaring vocalise scales and numerous vocal
harmonies while "Redemption" mixes electronic instrumentation
with her powerful soaring voice. Christine Duncan's soulful
vocals contribute to the atmospheric sounds of "Venice" and are
illustrative of the vocalist's prowess, expansive range and
"Vision 1" is a dance-oriented instrumental number with
Christine Duncan on vocalise and is likely as comfortable on a
new age album as it would be on a dance CD. The stunning version
with lyrics entitled "Vision II" is also sung by Christine Duncan
and concludes the album. Her performance is sensual, evocative and
soulful. A video of the song is available in RealAudio at the Spark
You can read further reviews, listen to sound samples and order the
Mythos album The Reality Of A Dreamer from amazon.com
here. With a broad range of rhythmic worldly beats, stunning vocals
and their first number with lyrics, this new album by Mythos is stunning
in every respect. Worth a journey, it is a very nice listen!