Arden of Eden ~ Love Street
Date: Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 12:33:21 UTC

Artist: Arden of Eden

CD: Love Street

Home: Los Angeles, California

Style: Indie Pop

Quote: "This artist has the concept of vocal dynamics down pat."

By Rachel Sedacca

After three releases under her belt, Mary Arden Collins manifests her gifts as Arden of Eden in the most recent 4th release Love Street. Reminiscent of some of the hottest pop artists of the past decade, listening to it made me think Pink, Alanis Morrisette, Jewel and Avril Lavigne. I was impressed with the production value on this album; it's obvious she has some heavy hitters in her corner. A top shelf vocalist, Mary exhibits great voice control and versatility. This artist has the concept of vocal dynamics down pat.

Her poetry puts a clever spin into each and every song, telling us she is using her degree in English to make a mark on the world. Sometimes dark, sometimes bubbling, this album has great balance and something to offer in every track.

"Someday" has a haunting quality to it, and Cameron Stoneís cello fits in perfectly with the feeling of mystery and hope in this song of unrequited love. "Misting in my cereal, choking on your stereo" evoking images known to those who have suffered a broken heart. "Mississippi" is a sultry and sexy track touching the blues and pulling away in a strut. There's the unmistakable sound of Kebí Mo on shiny national guitar.

Mary covers a Richard Thompson song made famous by one of my very favorite artists, the incredible Bonnie Raitt. This can sometimes be scary, but Mary has assured me after the first few bars that she has the chops to pull it off. A real test of vocal range and guts, "Dimming of the Day" is excellent, a great job done on a very tall order, if you ask me.

I guess I often comment on music with the visions it stirs in my head. "The Light" brought visions of a belly dance troupe to mind with the intricate rhythms leading us into the song with a multi-layered dose of percussion. Some of the vocal work sounds as if itís a recording of an ancient chant. Is it an artifact? No, itís fresh, funky and bohemian.

Mary Arden Collins hits it out of the park with this project and first release under the new name. Love Street delivers the whole package with a fine job on the hard copy album artwork, complete with lyrics. With the talents of Mark Gorman and Cameron Stone to back her up with solidity, Maryís hard work is getting her somewhere, obvious from this body of music.

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