CD REVIEW: Bonne Finken - Fairy Tales & Love Affairs
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"Finken brings the mojo"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Bonie Finken
Album: Fairy Tales & Love Affairs
Alternative Rock, Dance Pop. Soul
On the heels of a new single and music video for the robust pop anthem “Step Back Baby,” audiences are getting a sense of the new direction for Finken’s third studio album, Fairytales/LoveAffairs, released on April 29th, 2014. Citing from her bio: This new approach provides Fairytales/LoveAffairs a heightened feel compared to Finken’s previous releases. Musically, Finken is determined to stay true to her own personal sound — one she feels has reached a pinnacle with this new material. She doesn’t strive to achieve anyone else’s mold, which is apparent in her remarkably versatile voice that allows her to transcend genres effortlessly. One moment, she’s making your heart race with a take-no-prisoners approach to a slice of driving, R&B-tinged pop.
The CD takes flight with “Fall” a methodical intro piece that serves up impassioned vocal feel from Finken meshed with impressive vocal harmonies, melodic solo guitar against a hooky, grand slam chorus. Track 2 “Absence of Fear” downshifts a bit with its heartfelt intro eventually lending itself into an impressive ballad that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Step Back Baby” keeps thing moving in the right direction with its infectious melody, steady flowing rhythm, impressive finale, and heartfelt message from Finken. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid tracks in a row. I would classify this music as Alternative Rock, with a dash of Pop. Also present are elements of Dance Pop and Soul. All in all the CD touches a wide range of musical styles. Besides the four piece standard you will notice impressive instrumentation with things like impressive strings, piano, solo guitar, Keyboard accents, well-placed harmonies, electronic and live drummer combination all built upon a solid moog driven rhythm section to boot. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Now turning our attention over to Finken as for her vocal abilities, it works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. She’s got a good look, a catchy mystique and knows how to sit deep within the pocket and sing a song with amazing vocal fluidity. Finken has soul. Her voice goes down smooth and fills the space peacefully and unobtrusively with an infectious jagged edge. She’s got a good vibrato and impressive Mezzo Soprano. Finken showcases an impressive falsetto and has much to offer insofar as power, control and finesse. The songwriting consistent and rock solid across the board. The harmonies and melodies are well placed and well crafted. All the Engineering aspects are in check (Recording, Mixing, and Mastering) as the CD possesses solid low end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. The Musicianship is rock solid and delivers everything you would expect from a Top-Tiered musical Production. Finken's music reminds me of a combination between Alanis Morrisette, and Natalia Imbruglia. Other comparables include: Sophie B. Hawkins. Tori Amos, Fionna Apple, Melanie C, Dido and Sarah McLachlan. I especially like how she harmonies throughout the CD – providing much in the way of musical variety and melodic layering. Track 6 ”Gone” features a vocal duet/performance from Jerry Lorenson. All songs are well crafted and consistent across the board. From striking “I’m Not Waiting” to heartfelt “Isiah” and “Hang On” to melodic “Gone” and Say You Do” to striking “Please” to grooving “Magic” and “Let’s Play” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 14 “The Underground Kind” the perfect finale statement for a CD like this.
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From start to finish on “Fairy Tales & Love Affairs” by Bonne Finken delivers the mojo and is a fully loaded 14 Track release from start to finish. The music is diverse, grooving, upbeat, soulful and entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Bonne Finken and her band are rock solid. The artistic presence from Finken is impressive and her overall persona is something many folks should gravitate towards.