CD REVIEW: Morgan Bracy - End of Cinderella
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"impressive and entertaining"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST -
End of Cinderella
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Modern Contemporary Country, Pop, Power Pop
Sounds Like: Kelly Picker, Kerri Underwood, Leann Rimes
Technical Grade: 10/10
Lack of Peak and Valley Vocal Delivery
Nashville based Singer/Songwriter Morgan Bracy releases her latest CD entitled End of Cinderella in 2011. This is his second release to date. For this release Bracy is working with Producer John Merchant who has worked with the lies of Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Toni Braxton and Michael Buble.
The CD gentry takes flight with Track 1 “Intro” a parody of sorts of the classic children’s song "Row, Row, Row your Boat". This short piece leads you directly into track 2 “End of Cinderella” a passionate intro piece that serves up an inviting vocal groove against steady flowing rhythm and well placed vocal harmonies from Bracy. Track 3 “She Believes” keeps thing moving in the power pop direction with its tranquil introduction eventually lending itself into a catchy piece of music that’s flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. As this CD slowly unfolds would classify this music as a very marketable Modern Contemporary Country with a Power Pop edge. Comparables are Kelly Pickler, Kerri Underwood, and Leann Rimes. The production quality is impressive and the musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Along the way you will notice lush instrumentation with things like piano, slide guitar, Hammond Organ chops, keyboard accents, mandolin, strings, slamming guitar licks and solos, combined with lush vocal harmonies layered everywhere. The rhythm section pushes the natural accents well. Now turning our attention over to Bracy - as for her vocal abilities she is an impressive and entertaining Soprano with notable falsetto and vibrato delivery. Her voice also works well within the confines of this power pop/country catalogue. Reading her bio her vocal influences are Joni Mitchell, Reba McEntire, Patti Griffin and Mindy Smith. This CD from Bracy delivers 10 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot & thought provoking wisdom with messages that are uplifting, positive & carefree. From passionate “The Looking Glass” to upbeat “Silence” and “When the Spell is Broken” to slamming “Real Life Fairytales” and “I Surrender” this CD has something for just about everyone. There’s even an impressive remake of Sarah McLaughlin’s “When She Loved Me” featured in Toy Story 2. The CD ends with “Love, Believe in Me” the perfect finale statement for a catalogue like this.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weaknesses with this CD. The vocal talent of Bracy never once comes into question, but what separates great singers from good ones? One thing - the ability to craft the peak and valley vocal delivery within the confines of the movement. If could say anything to Bracy right now - it would be step back from the mic just a a bit on some of the slower parts, find that emotional pocket and very gently ride the vocal intensity down slightly. Do this not not only with your power and volume but also with your emotions. Celine Dion and Sara McLaughlin are masters at doing this. It’s fair to say some of Bracy’s vocal performances come across as sounding just a tad bit nasally. Over time this vocal delivery will take a toll on some listeners out there. I'm not a fan of the cover art concept - a bit cheesy for me
From start to finish End of Cinderella by Morgan Bracy is an impressive collection of music. The music is highly marketable, uplifting, & entertaining. The songwriting - an interesting snapshot of an infectious artist. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is rock solid & extremely consistent. The writing & playing abilities of Bracy and her band are rock solid, the melodies & harmonies are well crafted. The lyrical content is packed to the hilt with conventional wisdom. Is this release really an end of Cinderella, or is it just the beginning?