Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Voices on the Verge, Jess Klein, Erin McKeown|
Voices on the Verge: Live in Philadelphia
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Although these four Generation X folkies have all released albums on their own, their shared live performances have gone furthest in winning fans of chiefly acoustic, quasi-feminist confessionalists like the Story, Ani... more »
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Although these four Generation X folkies have all released albums on their own, their shared live performances have gone furthest in winning fans of chiefly acoustic, quasi-feminist confessionalists like the Story, Ani DiFranco, and Dar Williams. To their credit, Rose Polenzani, Erin McKeown, Jess Klein, and Beth Amsel harmonize together sweetly--as on Maggie Simpson's secular gospel tune "Hunger"--but they're just as likely to fall back on cloying vocal gimmicks (McKeown can sound like a Jeff Buckley imitator) as lay their hearts on the line. The four save the latter for their lyrics, though unless you're a twentysomething member of the disenchanted white middle class, you'll likely be puzzled or pained by lines like "I want to cut myself/ but it looks like it hurts a lot." Given the four's youth and energy, their song craft may yet catch up to their already apparent gifts as musicians and performers. --Roy Kasten
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I 'borrowed' my girlfriend's copy
Joshua Berman | Atlanta, GA United States | 12/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so I'm a guy, and I have to admit I refused to go with my girlfriend to see VoV when we were in Pennsylvania. She came back with a CD, and...WOW! They can really sing! I can't believe it. They complement each other so incredibly well. I was especially amazed by Beth Amsel. I can't believe she's not world famous already. Her voice is rich and whole, and her songs are just... Unique? Interesting? Maybe just smart. The other women rock, too. Overall, the balance works, and makes this an album where you don't need to be skipping tracks because you get bored.I don't know who the amazon reviewer is, but they missed the boat. I think they saw four women on the cover and decided it was strictly a girl thing. He's wrong (believe me). Give this one a try, it'll change your view of the genre, and keep you from annoyingly having to change the cd in your player all the time. The only reason I'm back here is to buy my girlfriend a new copy so that she can stop complaining about the one I 'borrowed'from her."
Review of Live in Philadelphia
Donald A. Semmens | Richmond, VA USA | 10/19/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD WILL be at the top of my "best of" list for 2001. Beth Amsel, Jess Klein, Erin McKeown & Rose Polenzani are, individually, each extremely talented singer/songwriters. As a foursome they combine their unique styles into a musical tour de force ranging from folk to gospel to jazz to rock.This live CD showcases some of their beautiful harmonies on songs like "House You're Living In," "Hunger," and "I'll Be Alright." Musically each one may lend a hand to another's song with a piano riff, finger cymbals or accordion. And the songs are finely crafted pieces that can bring a tear or a smile or chills. Or make you believe this is what music was invented for.Don (never been won over by a chiefly acoustic quasi-feminist confessionalist)"
Heaven release us
Donald A. Semmens | 10/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this cd is great! all four of these women are beautiful songwriters and musicians; they are truly talented. the best part of the cd is the variety. each song has it's own flavor that comes from the songwriter/singer, and on top of that the compliments from the other musicians feeds each song. even if you've only heard one or two of the women in "voices on the verge," i would highly recommend this cd."