CD REVIEW: Jerra Blues - Soul Inspirer
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"soul and infectious swagger"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Jerra Blues
Album: Soul Inspirer
Label: Spectra Records
Genre: Dance-Pop, Soul, Psychedelic Hip Hop.
Sounds Like: Amy Winehouse, Adele, Duffy, Donnie Bromfield
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: Lack of low end frequency, Short sided CD
Alyona Ivleva (Jerrra Blues) was born in Kazan, Russia on July 26th 1987. At the age of 13 she starts writing poems and songs in Russian. Takes acting and dancing classes (e.i. modern dance, choreography, break-dance). In December 2012 – Her latest CD “Soul Inspirer” (SPECTRA RECORDS) a 10 track album was released and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Last.Fm and many other digital retailers.
The CD kicks things off with “Follow Me” (Feat Mahogani Brown) a hooky intro groove that delivers slamming synthetic rhythm against mesmerizing vocals, all built on a rich psychedelic sonic foundation that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “Rooted to You” keeps things moving with it's a catchy Electronica dance groove that delivers inviting vocal harmonies, against a grand slam chorus and sporadic percussive accents. Track 3 “Keeping Me High” delivers yet another impressive track with its impressive melody, heartfelt lyrical content, painted against infectious vibe. The CD makes a good first impression delivering 3 compelling tracks in a row. If you like artists comparable to Amy Winehouse, Adele, Duffy, Donnie Bromfield you will definitely enjoy this CD. I would classify this music as Dance-Power Pop, with traditional Rap and Hip Hop elements. Also present ambient Rhythm Blues and even a bit of Rap. Much of the music also has a nice flowing Psychedelic Disco, R&B, Mo-Town feel to it prevalent in the 70’s.Despite this it's quite amazing how refined Jerra Blues sound really is - very diversified and marketable. I especially like the vocal work on this production - very dynamic, infectious and melodic. Note for note, song for song it will definitely keep you entertained with lush layers of melodic instrumentation layered along the way with effective harmonies, electric piano, ambient horns, guitar, keyboards, organ and impressive sonic touches sprinkled along the way. The arsenal of musical tidbits Jerra Blues brings to the table is impressive. This is the strong suit of this production and its obvious Jerra Blues is a capable composer, songwriter, vocalist and overall entertainer. If this gal can dance it's all a deadly combination. Jerra Blues’ voice and personality matches this style of music perfectly – passionate, heartfelt and sometimes pushing hard with much in the way of soul and infectious swagger. I especially like the vocal risks Jerra Blues takes along the way. She definitely knows how to let it all hang out vocally with enough soul to go around. From rocking heartfelt “Daisies and Butterflies” to grooving “My Anger” to thought provoking “Mirror (Be Alive)” to melodic “You Hurt Me” to electric “Keeping Me” this 10 track catalog has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “Daisies and Butterflies” (Part 1 and II) the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
At times many aspects of the CD sounds overly synthetic and ultra-sonic – almost like a Mix Tape lacking strong/thick low end frequency. CD contains 10 tracks (7 not including re-mixes). Perhaps 3-4 more tracks re needed to make this a fully loaded CD release. The speaking sequence in “My Anger” is a bit over the top, and cheesy.
From start to finish Soul Inspirer by Jerra Blues is a strong musical statement from start to finish and proves she is a contender, not a pretender. The music is highly melodic, entertaining and packed with many powerful emotions. The writing creativity and overall entertainment appeal of Jerra Blues is clearly an artistic force to reckoned with.