CD REVIEW: Laura Marie - The Season
by: Cyrus Rhodes
"amazing collection of music"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Laura Marie
Folk, Americana, Singer-songwriter
Weakness: More Vocal Passion (Finale), A few winded songs
From South Texas (San Antonio) comes Singer/Songwriter Laura Marie who just released her latest CD entitled The Season (2012-2013) Laura Marie’s message to the world exists on a plane the reaches far beyond music, but thankfully she is one of those writers gifted enough to focus the rollercoaster of the human condition into song. Her latest release, The Season, is a reflection on unconditional love and resolution planted firmly in the singer-songwriter genre. Laura Marie offers some peace within the chaos of life through music, both for herself and as an offering to the world. The South Texas native grew up steeped in poetry and music, earning her degree in music education and paying her dues in bands in Central Texas and beyond. There have been awards and accolades since (she won the OurStage Texas Lilith Fair Competition in 2010 and was a Regional Finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest), and audiences are continually drawn in to Laura Marie’s performances because of her honesty and passion. David Crabb from the Austin Acoustical Cafe noted, "Laura Marie captured the hearts of our audience with her energy, and she warmed the stage and the room with her talented performance.”
The CD kicks things off with the “Perfectly Clear” an uplifting earthy ballad that serves up inviting instrumentation, well-crafted melody and warm vocal presence from Marie. This first track is like a warm blanket or an inviting welcoming mat and makes a great first impression upon the listener. Track 2 shifts gears a bit with striking “Dark Horse” a rocking guitar driven follow-up piece that serves up impressive musical build, thought provoking lyrical content against a passionate vocal delivery from Marie. Track 3: “Everybody Gets Lonely” shows us even more songwriting brilliance from Marie. This piece showcases a truly amazing songwriting prowess, flawless vocal presence and well placed instrumentation along the way. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical textures reminiscent of classic vocal acts as 10,000 Maniacs, Alannah Myles, Melissa Etheridge, Sara McLaughlin and even Jewel to Tori Amos. The music itself combines classic elements of Folk Rock with an aftertaste of Soul and Contemporary American The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere which besides the 4 piece standard includes Pedal Steel, Accordion, well placed percussive accents, lush harmonies all built upon a thick as a brick rhythm section. The CD has some truly impressive moments on it showcasing impressive songwriting, world class instrumentation via Marie’s appealing Mezzo-Soprano vocal Delivery. Zeroing in now on Marie – her voice goes down smooth as she makes the vital (singer to listener) emotional connection. She also showcases an crystal clear vibrato, and impressive falsetto with a Texas edge. Her voice reminds me a lot of Melissa Etheridge. Marie can hold your attention well during some of the CD’s solitary moments as well. This is not as easy as it sounds and when done properly will stop you I your tracks. Marie executes the pin drop moments well clearly proving she is an artist worthy of your attention and praise. From hypnotic “Stay with Me” and Hard Rain” to passionate “Long Slow Burn” to Celtic You’re Ours” to rock steady The Season” and Babylon this CD has something for juts about everyone. The CD ends with Track 12 Lunatic Moon” the prefect finale statement for a CD like.
It’s had to find any real noticeable weaknesses with this CD. But if could say anything to Marie it would be bring out more of that raw vocal passion especially during some of the finale moments of the music. Really bring it home! All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line.
From start to “The Season” is an amazing collection of music by Laura Marie. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece on this entire catalogue. All pieces are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing its own signature groove, and musical personality to call its own. Laura Marie is an infectious artist that knows how to write and sing you a powerful song and occupy a special place in your heart win the process.