(03 June 2001) The latest album from Ireland's Naimee Coleman is
entitled Bring Down The Moon (EMI/Chrysalis (Ireland), 2001)
comes on the heels of her hit single "My Star" released in both album
and slower string-rich Tin Tin Out Mix versions. All tracks on
the new album (except "Love Song" by The Cure) were co-written
by Naimee and produced by Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears and Tori
Amos). Phil Thornally (who wrote Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn"
co-wrote the highly accessible "My Star" and "Sugar Me."
It's been over four years now since the release of her Coleman's
debut album Silver Wrists (Lime/Chrysalis (Ireland) CD SIL1,
1996). Naimee feels more comfortable with her honest, heartfelt and
true songwriting talents than with any perceived image of her as yet
another attractive female singer. "I've grown up a lot since the release
of the first album. I hope I'm a little bit wiser. I still have the
exact same goals, and I still love and enjoy music as much as I've
always done," says Naimee.
The album is comprised of eleven—primarily heartfelt
ballad-oriented—tracks, including the lushly arranged "Hold On" and the
layered contemporary arrangement of "Sparkle." "Sugar Me" is a highly
accessible ballad with crisp percussion and contemporary instrumentation
supporting Naimee's highly evocative lead and backing vocals. One can't
but help be reminded of The Corrs. The title track is a slowly sung
ballad sung over the lightest of contemporary arrangements, however,
the lush chorus is performed over a robust arrangement.
While the lyrics are almost spoken in spots of "Love Song," a
melancholy tune, rich vocal harmonies in the chorus are unmistakably
Naimee Coleman. Instrumentals are sparse but effectively support
the lovely lead vocal part. "Delicate" is equally sensitive, sung
over the lightest cello and piano-based arrangement. Crossing the
boundary between heartfelt ballad and mid-tempo pop tune with its
lush keyboard and guitar arrangement is "Altered." "Your Arms,"
which closes out the album, is the final heartfelt ballad sung
over the lightest guitar- and string-based arrangements.
Upbeat pop-oriented tracks include the first single from the
album, "My Star," and the orchestrally lush and highly accessible
very-Corrs-sounding "Standing Strong." The techno-style mix of
"Misunderstood" firmly plants the album into the pop genre while
layers of tenderly and sensually sung vocals indicate unmistakably
that this is Naimee Coleman's work.
Naimee Coleman's latest album Bring Down The Moon is
available from 18 June 2001. You can find further information,
soundbites, video and lovely
photographs at Naimee's
website and order
the album from amazon.com
here. Clearly worth a trans-Atlantic journey, this album
is a must listen!