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bravebird's arrival

bravery according to amel

past: Jamiroquai , 'Latenigttales'
present: Amel Larrieux, Bravebird
future The Grey Album, Kanye West, Jason Mraz.

She's back, that wonderful Amel. With her talent gracing Groove Theory, Sweetback, Towa Tei and then her solid debut album Infinite Possibilites, I anxiously waited for three years for her followup CD to drop. There are some gems here, but this leaves me wanting more.

I expect to hear cuts like For Real and Bravebird, with their accentuated rhythms and flow, they start the album off on a high note. Maintenance however, seems to be the weakness here placing the album in a lull until we're graced with We Can Be New, the in-your-head beats and chanting of Congo, and the solid gold Say You Want It All near the end of the CD. It ends how it starts, on a high note-- but still wanting more. It's time for me to go back and get Stanley Clarke's CD 1, 2, To The Bass graced with her presence.

My take? 6/10. It's my second take so far this year. Time for upliftment.

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February 14, 2004 in review - audio | Permalink

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The same songs you're feeling, I'm feeling as well. But, I think the greatness of those cuts excuses the rest. I can dig it.

Posted by: nOva at Feb 14, 2004 7:54:56 PM

Thanks for the heads-up -- I didn't know she finally dropped something new, but it sounds like it's not necessarily something I need to go buy instead of just finding a song or two.

Thanks for the reminder -- I'd forgotten how much I love Infinite Possibilities, which I dug out of the stacks and will be on non-stop all cold-rainy-windy day long.

p.s. I want radio blog for Mac

p.p.s. I did not realize exponent was you! I usually read the feed, I think this is the first time I've come through to the actual site so I never put 2+2 together ;)

Posted by: gwen at Feb 16, 2004 2:01:00 PM