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Posted on Saturday, October 07, 2006 @ 07:19:23 UTC
Artist: Laura Berman
Home: Sleepy Hollow, New York
Style: Acoustic Spiritual Singer/Songwriter
Quote: "This is the soundtrack of a soul awakening and seeing the world for the first time in a much healthier light."
By Jennifer Layton
If you’re coming into this CD still humming tracks from Berman’s previous CD Love Will, you might want to stop and clear your head for a moment. On her self-titled follow-up, Berman is taking us to church.
Don’t worry – there’s no Bible-beating or guilt-tripping involved. This is music to stir the soul. The church is a nature setting, your own apartment, anywhere you feel a connection to the Divine. This is the soundtrack of a soul awakening and seeing the world for the first time in a much healthier light.
The good news is that Berman has the voice to pull this off. Earth-shaking, enveloping, powerful – this gospel voice rises out of this petite singer and calls all souls to attention. She also has the writing skills to express the joy and make it sound so inviting. In “When I Speak,” it’s interesting how she claims her own spiritual awakening without falling helplessly at the feet of a higher power:
My word can move my soul ...
It’s the only voice that has changed my life,
It declares that happiness is my right,
It’s my right ...
Berman is obviously caught up in something that has changed her life and is using her music to guide others to the same path. This brings us to the downside, which is that people who aren’t ready for this journey aren’t going to connect to this CD. They will fall in love with Berman’s voice, but after very intense piano ballad after very intense piano ballad, they may find their attention wandering. I’d advise these listeners not to give up completely. Maybe they could just keep this CD on standby until life brings them back around to it.
As for those of a more new-age faith looking for music to add to their prayer services, this is the CD. Berman even travels the country, singing at services for people of all faiths, and I’m sure that voice raises the roof of every house of worship.
Take this CD one song at a time. Let it in gradually. You may not immediately connect with the message, but there’s no denying the power of that voice.
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