Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Here we go again. Add Michelle Lewis to the long, tired list of female singer/songwriters with acceptable vocal skills and passively interesting lyrical content. Her voice is similar to Juliana Hatfield's, with a little Me... more »
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Here we go again. Add Michelle Lewis to the long, tired list of female singer/songwriters with acceptable vocal skills and passively interesting lyrical content. Her voice is similar to Juliana Hatfield's, with a little Meredith Brooks swimming around in the lower register. The most this album can offer is Friday-night background music for college freshman girls casually perfecting their pop vibrato in the forgiving acoustics of a dormitory bathroom. Little Leviathan is a girl-power brown-out at best. But this isn't a reason to condemn the album. The reason this album is condemnable is that Lewis is no street-urchin musical newbie. She's the daughter of saxophonist Morty Lewis. She has reasonably impressive songwriting credentials and associations with well-known musicians. She was smart enough to enlist Steve Fisk as producer for this record. And although the album is indeed perfectly produced, entirely inoffensive, and even pleasing, at this stage of the game, there is just no reason in the world to make another album of this type after Alanis Morissette, Jewel, Paula Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Joan Osborne, Tracy Bonham, Melissa Etheridge, and all the others have been there and done that to death. --Beth Bessmer
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Good at first, and it grows on you
Anonymous Coward | New York, NY | 06/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The "professional" reviews of this CD I've read are just plain wrong. I don't care about Miss Lewis' credentials or lineage, I care about whether I enjoy a CD or not. I've gotten much more than my money's worth listening to these tunes, and I believe most people would. There are some songs you like immediately (January's Child), and some which get better as you listen to them (Loaded), but as you listen your enjoyment will evolve into an appreciation for this budding artist's writing and voice that transcends the poppy hooks and clean production values. I hope her next album is low budget and a bit harder edged, but I plan to buy it nonetheless."
Amazing songs of Michelle Lewis
Allen Bruce | Brodhead, Wisconsin USA | 09/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Little Leviathan" is one of the few cd's in my collection that I consciously replay time after time. The lush sound of her music is captivating and compels you to sit and listen. Her musical understanding and mastery of lyrical composition is astounding.In all of her songs, Michelle has woven a rich tapestry of lyrics and music which I find quite uncommon. Michelle's songs showcase her talent from somber tunes such as "Outside" to more coloured tunes like "Loaded".In short, Michelle Lewis has a talent for constructing songs that have perfect balance between music and lyrics. I've lent "Little Leviathan" to several friends and I have yet to find anyone that disagrees. This is an excellent recording to add to anyone's collection."
The Perfect CD
Allen Bruce | 11/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so Michelle Lewis isn't a household name - yet. But if you listen to her music you can't deny that she should be soon! I heard Nowhere and Everywhere in the fall of 1998, and it soon became my anthem. I got the CD in the spring and I still love it! She isn't writing about the same pathetic lost love stories, she's writing about feeling alienated, and not by smashing into walls in overdone music videos. I don't think any other artist really captures lonliness in such a subtle, creative way. She's a storyteller, and she's telling some terrific stories."