Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
"Beautiful, erotic, mesmerizing, captivating and suspenseful is everything that comes to mind when listening to Sierra Swan. Her voice will take you on an emotional journey." - Linda Perry "Without my music, let?s face it... more »
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"Beautiful, erotic, mesmerizing, captivating and suspenseful is everything that comes to mind when listening to Sierra Swan. Her voice will take you on an emotional journey." - Linda Perry "Without my music, let?s face it, I?d probably be in an insane asylum," half-jokingly admits 27-year-old spitfire Sierra Swan, sipping a glass of wine. "It?s been the only way I?ve been able to take the highs and lows of my life and put them in a safe place. I?m more of an adult because of my music." It?s this kind of honesty and self-realization that inspired the creation of Ladyland, a lyrically charged testament to both feminine strength and tender vulnerability. It?s a musically rich, cinematic portrait of a woman?s battle for honesty and empowerment. Whether she?s boldly coming to terms with the inner battle of taking ownership of her faults and flaws on the piano-driven opener "Copper Red," or sending a delectable kiss-off to a potential lover in the Aimee Mann-assisted "Get Down To It," the end result proves Sierra Swan isn?t afraid to strip down to her core, and let people know what it?s like to be a living, kicking, screaming woman in this world.
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Copper red... am I dead...
E. A Solinas | MD USA | 06/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not many pop singers can actually make good music -- Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor to name a few. But Sierra Swan joins that very small ranking with her debut, "Ladyland," which mixes robust pop melodies with a world-weary, strong-minded attitude. No wilting violets here!
"Sitting on this broken glass/that I threw myself/tangled insecurities/where I like to dwell/dwelling my impurities/with one more glass of wine," goes the opener, "Copper Red." It's a swoony pop song that rapidly gains strength -- after the first minute, it's a complex, earthy song, with Swan announcing that "I'm in no hurry/to receive your adulation!"
The album takes a darker turn with "Don't Say," an ominous ballad that deals with an abusive relationship, with Swan finding the will to overcome the guy who "got me drunk/and laid me down." But don't expect the soul-searching to end there, because then it's a roller coaster of kiss-offs to ex-lovers, being a woman, and the regrets of a colourful life.
And this album doesn't commit to just one musical style. Though the album starts off as hearty pop, Swan also tries out bittersweet ballads, piano pop, rollicking synth-edged stuff, and swirling pop songs full of energetic violin melodies. It finishes off with an exquisite ode to a departed mother, laced with religious references and a hint of tears.
It's too bad that there isn't more pop like this -- no goopy sentimentality, no endless whining. There are lovers and love here, but Swan's songs don't give the impression of a lovestruck adolescent. Instead, she gives the feeling of a mature woman, who isn't going to sob and beg for a guy who isn't good enough, but can love someone who is.
"Ladyland" starts off with a sort of alt-rock track with a bit of a twang, and musically these are middling. But after two or three songs she breaks loose with all sorts of different styles, blending pianos, strings, bells, and maybe a few more elements. The melodies grow more sensual and multilayered, until it feels like you're being swamped in embroidered silk.
Swan's voice is probably the best aspect of the album. She has a very strong, flexible voice that sounds a bit like Imogen Heap's, and she knows how to use it. Growls, purrs, sneers, and straightforward singing all get used. Her songs have the mild clumsiness that a new writer has ("Now I'm scared straight/can I procreate?"), but there is considerable talent in other spots.
"Ladyland" has some awkward bits, but the spirited songs and solid melodies make it a good listen nevertheless. Definitely worth checking out."
Different than expected
W. L. Root | Lafayette,La. | 10/31/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Those of us familiar with the late 90's release by Dollshead -"Frozen Charlotte",cannot help but be a bit surprised by the style of music on "Ladyland". Dollshead's "Garbage(the band)-like" style was a welcome alternative to the mainstream bands of the time. That said, this release is good, but more mainstream in that regard. Ms. Swan shows a great range of style and abilities in her performances here.However, I find the music/songwriting to be only slightly above average. I miss Dollshead."
What's an old dude like me know?
Michael Kevin Horn | Owensboro KY | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All I can say is that this young woman's voice goes right through me. I caught a sound bite on one of the local channels one evening, followed up on the album and don't regret a dime spent. Cuddo's to you Sierra. Extremely talented, excellent lyrics and depth. I've worn out my CD if that's possible.