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Poetic Noise Music, BMI 2003/2004

(21 March 2004) Stop The World is the pop/rock debut album for New Orleans born indie artist Leslie Clemmons. All the songs were written by Clemmons and her husband/producer, Rod, except for the Carole King song, "So Far Away." The album has a diversity that sometimes reflects pop, rock, jazz, soul and hip-hop in the music. "I studied classical voice techniques as well as musical theatre techniques and pop techniques. I wanted to use my voice like an instrument so I could serve any song I wanted to with it."

Her style is rhythmically energizing and crisp, starting out with the first track, "Duplicity." The sensitive lyrics and strong musical style continue with the title track, "Stop The World." Clemmons has an easy-going vocal style that is quite versatile. She displays passion and emotion in her lyrics and melodies. "Interpret the Sky" reflects on the images and concerns in today's world, and develops melodically with the background vocals and instrumentals.

"Lie in Your Arms" has a fast paced rhythm and a clarity in the vocals. In contrast, a favorite track "I Love You More" (co-written by Elliott Thomas) is a tender, emotional song where the sensitive quality of Clemmons' technique comes across displaying her musical versatility. A similar quality is found in the subsequent track, "Misery Loves Company," along with some powerful vocals.

"The Blind Lead the Blind" has a catchy tune, and her interpretation of Carole King's "So Far Away" is a highlight and Clemmons puts her personal touch on the classic. The remaining tracks, ending with the beautifully sung a capella in "Teresa Street," continue in the same vein of down-to-earth, passionate and emotional music.

Clemmons has a winning combination of expressive lyrics and gorgeous vocals that lend to a refreshing new talent in our midst. Read further reviews, listen to soundbites and order the album from amazon.com here. Learn more about the artist at her website. There is a lot of originality in her music as well as diversity and strength in her singing and songwriting. The album leaves you begging for more.--Audrey Elliot

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