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A Musical Seduction,
This review is from: Floreat (Audio CD)
Sometimes artists suffer for their art. Whilst Mara Carlyle didn't suffer or struggle during the recording of this album, recorded four years ago, she has suffered and struggled to get it released since. First off takeovers, then the wrestling to get the rights from the wreckage. Then finally when its due for release the warehouse becomes the looters goal and its pushed back again. But its here now, the second solo album that may have never been heard. And thank goodness its here.
Its difficult to even begin to discuss this album without mentioning the voice. Its from a different era. Sounding like it comes from an age long lost where woo's and lilting tones seduced listeners. Its absolutely wonderful. You can imagine her walking out onto a stage and seducing the men in the audience with just her voice - probably the women too! The music is light, surrounded by strings but often has dark meanings. Lead single Weird Girl is about Domestic Violence. Sometimes its beautiful, sometimes sweet - take How It Felt (to kiss you) a track full of strings that is instrumental. Oh and it starts and finishes with a cat purring. Somehow it manages to work and convey the title.
Its jazz influenced pop mixed with classical tinges. Its a voice that sounds so different from everything else out there and will seduce the willing listener. Highly recommended