(21 March 2004)
Mississippi born singer, Garrison Starr, recently released her
third album, Airstreams & Satellites (Vanguard Records (USA)
79752-2, 2004). "For me, music has
always been about making a connection. I've found so much support
and inspiration through other people's music--I just hope my songs
have something special to say to somebody out there," says the
singer. There is no doubt that there is a connection here and
everybody is listening.
Starr acts as lyricist and singer, and reaches the heights. The album
springs forth with pop/rock melodies and lilting vocals. She has a
powerful voice that evokes some attitude through her lyrics. She
opens with "Gasoline," with its country feel, and moves to the gentler
"Sing." Her vocals soar in this song with a clarity and progression
to a sparkling soprano in her material. "Hey Girl" continues with its
pop sound and beautiful melodies accompanied by excellent guitar work.
Another highlight on this album is "Superhero" with its defined rock
sound. Starr embraces the music with a passion and grabs the listener
with her spectacular musical performance. "Underneath the Wheel" again
draws attention to the clearness of her soaring vocals. Starr opens up
her emotional vulnerability in "Wonderful Thing" talking about hating love,
but "it's a wonderful thing when it's happening."
Guitars again shine in "Like a Drug" with excellent percussion and
fantastic vocals. Other musicians contributing their expertise are Curt
Schneider on bass; Matt Lang on drums/percussion; Janet Robin on electric
guitars; Bruce Watson on guitars, lap steel and mandolin; Dan Potruch on
additional drums; Gary Beare on additional bass and guitar; Neilson
Hubbard on mellotron and acoustic guitars as well as background vocals;
Andrew Williams on guitars, strings and wurlitzer; and Cynthia Cathania
with backgroung vocals.
The final song, "Airstreams and Satellites," continues with an honesty
in style. Starr said, "I figure if I'm not inspiring people through my
writing or performing, there's really no point in doing it." Well, Starr
has the whole package - espressive lyricist, talented musician and great
singer - that moves her to the forefront of her craft. There is a
bittersweet edge to her music that complements her beautiful voice.
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Learn more about the artist at her website.
Airstreams & Satellites is an exciting album--watch this space.--Audrey Elliot