Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
This Storm is an immediate and visceral album, dealing with serious issues with a newfound boldness. Kitchell, whose lyrics have been favorably compared to the poetry of e.e. cummings (Harp Magazine), touches on war, loss,... more »
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This Storm is an immediate and visceral album, dealing with serious issues with a newfound boldness. Kitchell, whose lyrics have been favorably compared to the poetry of e.e. cummings (Harp Magazine), touches on war, loss, and solitude in tracks like Soldier s Lament, Robin in the Snow, and Walk Away. There is also plenty of drive and backbeat to This Storm, from the sultry, roots-inspired rock of Borderline, to the indie-leaning Every Drop, and Fire, to the shimmering acoustic-alt-pop of Effortless and the first single, Here to There. Kitchell and Burn even leaven some electronic flourishes into the album s closer, the title track This Storm. Strikingly confident, and at times more aggressive and rock-focused, This Storm builds on the promise that marked her acclaimed debut. Recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Malcolm Burn (Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris) at Burn s home studio in upstate New York, the new album is a showcase for Kitchell s prodigious talent and stunning voice.
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This Storm is inspiring and beautiful
Brett Farrell | Cape May, NJ USA | 08/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sonya Kitchell's latest CD 'This Storm' is a solid, wonderful album. I suppose with CD's falling to the wayside of the MP3 revolution most albums cannot have any dull or lacking tracks and Ms. Kitchell does an excellent job excluding any such tracks from her album. 'This Storm' sets the mood and doesn't release you till sometime after listening to it.
The music is modern folk and hardly revolutionary but it's all wonderful and new for this music style. The Lyrics are very good but in truth they could about cleaning up after her dog makes a mess on the carpet and her voice would make you wish you were so poetic and creative for her voice is just stunning. It's the corner stone to this whole album.
Speaking of dogs, I played this album loudly in the living room and my dog seemed to like it. It put her into a playful mood (she wasn't howling along and she's 15 so playful moods aren't so frequent anymore) and the love bird seemed to enjoy it as he was singing along.
All in all this is a lovely album filled with very worthy songs and I am very happy to add it to my personal library."
Sonya's Voice is Sweet, Her Lyrics are on Fire
Vesta Irene | the Pacific Northwest | 09/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'd been several times to my favorite Starbucks and have heard Sonya's sweet voice on their stereo, but didn't know who she was and for reasons that escape me, I never asked. So when I got this CD, I was pleasantly surprised. Sonya is only eighteen, but she sounds like someone who has been around for a long time. Her voice is like an old friend. Her acoustic song, "Soldier's Lament" is just simply stunning.
This album is a bit hard to catogorize and that's a good thing. Is this indie music, alternative? I can't tell, but it's good. From the first drop of "For Every Drop" to the album's closer, "This Storm" this album begs you to listen. I like every song on it. Sonya is going to be around for awhile."
City Of Rocks | 09/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Well, let me begin by saying that this isn't the genre I usually select. So when I popped it in, it was not quite what I was expecting.
In short order I began to appreciate several things about this album:
The very sweet, honest lyrics. You can really relate to this no matter what kind of music you usually listen to. It's very relaxing in that sense. There's plenty to think about, but you feel like you're listening to someone you really know. It's about life and relationships in general, and it avoids the cheap polish so many artists resort to because they feel they need it to get a hit. This artist doesn't need the theatrics. The whole album is honest, weighty and substantive. It's real. You feel like your time was well-spent.
Some surprising sounds for this genre. There is a very subtle but distinct resemblance to the Smyths in a couple of the songs. This is not to say you'd choose this first thing if you like the Smyths, because this is not 80s English rock/punk fusion. That's why it's surprising, and it's subtle enough that many people would like it.
There is a great variety of sounds from blues to rock, and amazingly without losing artistic unity. Not easily accomplished-very nice.
Kitchell's uniquely crisp, rich vocals are pleasing.
But like I said, I'm normally an electronica or alternative fan, even reaching to the heavier edges of new metal. But it was nice to hear something I could relate to, and I think a lot of people would feel the same.