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Swan Feathers
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I really have to ask myself whether there is any real point in me saying anything about this album. After all, Jac Holzman says "unless I've lost my bearing, this is one of the tastiest pop albums of recent memory. And I say 'pop' in the Carole King sense". Now, this is the Jac Holzman who founded Elektra Records and signed The Doors, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Judy Collins amongst a myriad of others. So who are you going to believe? Me or him?

Mind you, Mr Holzman must be about a hundred years old know, and goodness knows how many faculties he has left. However, in this instance I do have to agree with him. Because this is an iridescent record, one of shapes, colours, textures and melodies. Above all else, melodies. Granted, the opening track didn't really grab me, but from 'So Far So Bad', I was completely and utterly hooked. Ms Mendelson has some previous form, having recorded an album with the band Mother Freedom as well as her self-released debut "Take It As You Will". But I'm sure it's all been leading towards this incredibly assured offering.

Not a note is wasted as she moves effortlessly between ballads like 'Rest Of London', upbeat pop songs like 'I See Myself With You' and jazzy turns like 'Hit The Spot'. Ten of the eleven songs are originals, mainly written with Steve McEwan, resulting in a set that has a rare, timeless quality only great albums can achieve.
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VINE VOICEon 26 July 2009
For the most part, reviews on Amazon should be just that - reviews and not critiques. The former are best read before you buy the product, and should help you to decide if it's likely to be to your taste. The latter are better read after you have heard the album or read the book, or whatever, and should help you appreciate it. But for popular music, reviews are now often redundant, because there are so many previews available online. This is especially true for Mendelson, because you'll find a plethora of audio and video clips of her, on the usual sites, so you can decide from those whether you want to purchase this, her debut album.

There is a definite retro feel to the album, redolent of Carole King and Carly Simon, the East Coast amalgam of smooth jazz and pop ballad. The Phil Spector song Be My Baby dates from 1963, and the sound of the Wurlitzer takes us back even further. I found her voice pleasant but not exceptional, her songs (most of which she co-wrote) enjoyable but not particularly memorable. All in all, I was left unmoved.
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on 7 February 2014
We heard Leslie Mendelson performing live, in support of Glenn Tillbrook of Squeeze, on his recent UK tour. She won the crowd over, and showed her class as a songwriter in the vein of Janis Ian and Carole King. Swan Feathers contains some excellent tracks, and is well worth the gamble for those looking for quality that has yet to hit the big time.

I would also recommend seeing her live, and if possible tracking down her latest work including the little known classic songs 'Coney Island' and 'Chasing the Thrill.' Mendelson is a major talent, who is lacking on the big break to reach a wider audience. Get on the train now, while there's room!
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on 5 May 2013
There are many good female singers around but there are a few special ones with a great voice and soulful delivery e.g. Shelby Lynne, Diana Krall and Skye Edwards (Morcheeba). I'd put this album in with the best, beautifully sung, full of expression and excellent recording. If you like any of Shelby Lynne - Just A Little Lovin'; Morcheeba - Blood Like Lemonade; Diana Krall - The Very Best Of; Norah Jones - The Fall + Come Away With Me then get this one, and try the others on the list if you don't have them all.
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on 8 June 2010
I really don't know what attracted me to this cd but I am so glad that I did. I am a great fan of Eva Cassidy and Katie Melua (to name a few). If you like their music you will love this.
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on 22 October 2014
very very good
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