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Review: Leslie DiNicola, Some Greener Yard

No Comments 3 August 2014

Review: Leslie DiNicola, Some Greener Yard

“There’s little doubt that Leslie DiNicola wields a powerful vocal range with the ability to summon emotion and grit with ease. The first may be natural born talent, but the latter is where the artistry comes into the picture.”

Artist: Leslie DiNicola

EP: Some Greener Yard

Genre: Country / Rock

RIYL: Kelly Clarkson, Sara Bareilles, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann

Leslie DiNicola Some Greener Yard

Listening to Leslie DiNicola’s powerhouse of a voice is something akin to discovering a diamond in the rough. That’s not to say her voice is all polish and no grit, however. Quite the contrary. And in the span of five songs on her most recent EP, Some Greener Yard, DiNicola transforms from a bluesy soul singer to a tender balladeer. This versatility is just one of the many pronounced strengths of an artist who is growing stronger and wiser with each release.

Some Greener Yard opens with the sublime “Shaky Wire,” equal parts blues and country pop. DiNicola’s vocals are pitch perfect, but it’s the assertiveness of the songwriting that stands out even more. This is just a damn good song: radio-ready, and difficult to get out of your head after just one listen. “Give Me Away” switches gears to show off a stripped down simplicity that allows the vulnerable vocal performance to shine.

“Stay” marks the midway point in the EP and anchors the effort with yet more shades and color to DiNicola’s impressive vocal range and control. It’s a bit quirkier and more playful in nature, a lighter touch that suits its songstress. “Weight” shows off yet another facet of the vocal tone, exploring the higher register with a facility that adds more tenderness to highlight an emotionally resonant performance. “It’s Alright” closes the EP with style and grace.

There’s little doubt that Leslie DiNicola wields a powerful vocal range with the ability to summon emotion and grit with ease. The first may be natural born talent, but the latter is where the artistry comes into the picture. DiNicola is clearly taking steps to grow creatively with the release of Some Greener Yard, and the risks she takes as a songwriter could appear to get a little bit lost given her strengths as a singer. She opens herself up in a very vulnerable way with these five songs, and the result is tremendously satisfying as a listener. I’m a new fan of this gifted singer’s work, and wouldn’t at all be surprised if she were gracing larger stages soon.


Leslie DiNicola website: http://lesliedinicola.com/

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