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Posted on Saturday, August 04, 2007 @ 01:53:24 UTC
Artist: Elana Arian
CD: How to Stand in the Rain
Home: New York City
Quote: "Arian's voice is still captivating, and her lyrics have grown from that of a sprightly young lady to that of a woman with more to say."
By Catherine L. Tully
Splendid! I reviewed Elana's CD Forward in 2005, and it can be scary to pop a new one in if you really liked the first. Will it be as good? Did the singer get too experimental? Will the artist have grown?
Much relieved after even the first track on this beautifully done album, I sat back and drank in the rest. Elana has come into her own.
Tracks run different moods around, from sunny optimism to dreamy reflection, with some fun tracks in between. Arian's voice is still captivating, and her lyrics have grown from that of a sprightly young lady to that of a woman with more to say. At 26 years old, it is impressive how full and sure her music has become. The folk style remains, but elements of jazz and rock flow more easily through the mix. On this CD, Arian lets the music and lyrics share center stage with her tremendous voice -- a departure from the focus on vocals in the first CD. Arian does repeat "I Know What You're Doing," and for those who have heard her first go at it on Forward, it's fun to see the differences in this classic song's new interpretation.
Favorites on this CD include "Jessie's Song," which works wonderfully, and "Here We Go Again," which is a sassy, fun tune. It was great to have more tracks on this album -- the first CD was a bit of a tease in length with a mere 6 songs. The 11 tracks here leave the listener satisfied and a little excited about what might be around the corner. And the title of the CD evokes a mood that I love.
The kind of artist that improves with age and experience, Elana Arian has crafted a delightful compilation of work here. I eagerly await what's next.
Artist Website: http://www.elanaarian.com
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