home   site updates   review digest   reviews   featured artists   discussion   links   about us  
While this website has become known for its in-depth album and concert reviews, the digest contains concise comments on new music our audience has either recommended or might enjoy. Click on album covers or label names for links to further information. Click on the title to view the article.

Digest Index
Current Digest
Instrumental Digest
Airstreams & Satellites CD Cover
Image Vanguard Records 2004 

(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.

Read further reviews, listen to soundbites and order the album from amazon.com here. Learn more about the artist at her website. Airstreams & Satellites is an exciting album--watch this space.--Audrey Elliot

return to top
last updated on: