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No Deal

Melanie De Biasio Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (28 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Play It Again Sam
  • ASIN: B00H049FOG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Melanie De Biasio is a graduate of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles and already an acclaimed artist in her home country of Belgium and in the neighbouring Francophone nation to the south. Initially heralded as a new voice in jazz, albeit jazz "d'autres univers", other-worldly, so to speak, her first album "A Stomach Is Burning" was closer to the smoky, smouldering sound you dream of stumbling upon in a jazz cellar. Preferably in Paris or New York in, let's say, 1959.

"No Deal", her sophomore album, appears almost monochromatically minimalist at first, A simple cover shot. Melanie has cut her hair. Miles Davis "A Kind Of Blue" typography. Seven songs, through which her own voice drifts gracefully, at times disappearing altogether. Like a tintype photograph, this record needs time to develop, for the details to become clear, as if by magic.

"No Deal" comes in at 33 and a third minutes, which could be mistaken for a nod to the golden age of the jazz LP. And yet its brevity (or succinctness) is genuinely hard to believe. It reverberates, echoes an resonates. Throw a stone into the lake and the concentric ripples seem to go on for ever.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice like silk... 7 Jun 2014
By Steve D
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I found this an amazing CD and heart-breakingly beautiful.

Melanie has a voice like silk with a style that is so laid back and so languid that the songs give me goose-bumps.

The musicians accompanying her complement her style perfectly, laying down a carpet of sound that on its own would be worth listening to.

My only regret is that there wasn't more to listen to - a mere 35 minutes.

Perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 23 Oct 2014
By William J. Walker VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I Saw Melanie on Later, only one song, but sometimes 'you just know' so ordered this album the same evening.
I was a little concerned that the album was described as 'jazz' as recent purchases in this area have usually featured artists making very creditable efforts to evoke Ella Fitzgerald or some such but without the spark of originality.
No such issues here. The album is jazzy but, to these ears, with (perhaps) a psychedelic/experimental edge. The liner notes on the album describe it as having a bit of Nina Simone and a bit of the Velvet underground in it and while that's not a perfect description it is probably on the right track.
If you read through the reviews already posted you'll see that Melanie can appeal to both those seeking lightness and depth and I think that's a rare quality. Highly Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Some say 'jazz', I say 'cool' 11 Oct 2014
By Barmee
Format:Audio CD
this lady had been lazily lumped in to the category of 'jazz'. I'd say that a closer comparison is what Jeff Buckley was doing by the time of his 'Sketches...' album.
This is very cool music. Someone commented on the brief length of the album but (while I do agree that more would be fab) less is sometimes more.
No song feels rushed - quite the contrary, these trippy numbers feel lugubrious, sexy and classy.
Hard to find a comparison in style but while this stuff is unique don't read that as challenging. Just read it as a new sort of cool!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep and quiet spacey jazz vocals 7 May 2014
By Pinto
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
A truly beautiful album from this Belgian talent.
Excellent minimal backdrop and production. This is a quiet album for late nights.
Somewhere between Nina Simone and Cinematic Orchestra yet completely original.
Good stuff!
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