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Rachael Sage
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
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All Artists: Rachael Sage
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: MPress
Original Release Date: 9/21/1998
Re-Release Date: 6/22/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 601937363628

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Great Independent Musician
dreadful light | Nicholasville, KY United States | 03/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I bought a copy of "Smashing the Serene" based on the reviews comparing Rachael Sage to Ani DiFranco. After listening to the CD for the first time, I decided that yes, there were a lot of similarities between Rachael and Ani. Their voices and singing styles, for example, are remarkably similar. But I found myself disappointed with Rachael's lyrics. Ani approaches everything head on--she's a fierce poet/warrior/songstress. Rachael on the other hand skirts issues--her lyrics are prettier, sketchier. She also has a curious habit of repeating phrases (like
"smashing the serene") in several songs. After a few weeks of listening, however, "Smashing the Serene" began to grow on me. The songs "Sistersong," "Crack of Dawn," and especially "Brave" are incredibly beautiful. I realized how wonderful Rachael Sage's music was in its own right, got excited, and made all my friends listen to the CD. There's a lesson to be learned here, one that I'm ashamed I hadn't learned sooner. Comparisons can only get you so far. And I'm sorry for thinking that Rachael's lyrics were weak and insignificant; after all, how much more candid can you get than "I need to focus on ugly, or I'll try to be so pretty I will bust"?Wow."
One of the Best Artists You've Never Heard Of
A. Stefanski | Seattle, WA USA | 12/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rachael Sage has created an amazing work of music art with this album, and sadly, because of going the independent route, so few people know about her. I, like many others, found out about her after a download of 'Sistersong' [from a download site] - finally, after managing to find another few songs, I was convinced she was worthwhile to purchase, and ordered Smashing the Serene.I was totally unprepared for how amazing the album would turn out to be - but I guess I shouldn't have been, considering she toured with Ani DiFranco, after Ani heard the album.Her style is difficult to describe, because of the diversity of her musical influences - the Irish influences are quite noticable, but the Middle Eastern and Russian ones come through now and again also. Vocally, she's somewhere in a mix of Jewel, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, and the Indigo Girls, yet none of them - but fans of any of them should have no problem finding Rachael great to listen to.The album has a variety in her type of music - Sistersong is nice, upbeat, and inviting. Cultivate, Crack of Dawn, and My Eliza offer a slower, more contemplative sound. Overall, I am so glad to have found Rachael, as the CD remains one of my favorites."
A "must -buy" CD!
A. Stefanski | 06/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you people out there want a singer who is not a "one-time" phase "star", like the Spice Girls, or Brittney Spears.... then you should try and give a listen to Rachael Sage. Her upbeat songs "My Eliza", and "Sistersong" really add an exuberance that most of these "now" singers don't have: talent and honesty in her lyrics. Another words, want real music? Buy her CD! Keep up the good work, Rachael!"