(10 December 2004) New York singer/songwriter Elizabeth Harper has released her debut, a delightful ten-track self-titled album (Angular Records (UK) ARC005, 2004). Full of guitar driven acoustic melodies, Elizabeth has a charming voice that complements the sensitive lyrics in this ten track folk/pop/rock CD.
The opening number "Trouble in Paradise" creates soothing tones that lull the listener into the soft melody. She has tremendous tonal clarity and a forcefulness that is understated. "Rock Like A Baby" is a dreamy tune that highlights Elizabeth's gentle yet clear vocals. "Parlor Window" changes pace with some stunning classic female rock.
Wonderful guitar riffs open to "Charles Bridge" where Elizabeth continues her beautiful vocals and intuitive lyrics. All the tracks on the album were written by her. Also deserving special mention are Scott Rosenthal on guitars, keys, bass and drums; Brian Pearl on bass and keys; and Aaron Siegal on drums.
A floating, soft melody emerges in "Clean Cut" that takes the listener on a smooth and flowing ride. "Don Juan" is another favorite, with her candid, lovely voice being showcased. She sings effortlessly in "Accidental Flirt" and the more melancholy "Turn Down Your Bed." Her magical sound closes with the lilting "Seawater Lullaby."
Elizabeth Harper is an album filled with tender melodies ranging from the melancholy to the more upbeat, soothing crystalline vocals, and rousing lyrics. This debut album is certainly a wonderful introduction to her
lovely music, full of lush layering in both instrumentals and vocals. The dreamy sounds are enchanting.