Laura A Davenport | Carrboro, NC United States | 02/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I take my acting and my music very seriously, and I can honestly say that Majandra Delfino is topping my list in both categories. I watch Roswell (a total guilty pleasure) and I fell in love with her voice when her character Maria sang on the show. Over the summer I read somewhere about how Majandra herself was interested in music so I went to her website on a whim and checked it out. I downloaded "Siren" and have never regretted it! I pre-ordered the CD that day and when I finally got it in October I wore the thing out. All my friends, who find my music taste odd to say the least, love this CD, even my Britney Spears crazed roommate comments on how melodic, deep and penetratingly beautiful the music is. There hasn't been a single person that I have recommended this to (and I've recommended it to everyone) that hasn't loved it completely and gotten their own copy. I HIGHLY recommend that if you like stuff like Portishead, Poe, and NIN that you give this a try, and try it even if you don't like those bands cause you'll be in for a music treat."
The best album ever...
Ivy Sparrow | Soon to be Author | 12/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
I love everything about this cd except the x-plicit lyrics. Here is a brief description of the songs:
Tatu - 3 Stars. My least favorite song on the cd but still good. Ski-Ming - 4 Stars. Good song. Not her best but extrmely dark. Oil+Water - 5 Stars. You can totally get in her head and relate to how she felt. All of us remember one point where we fell in love to only find a broken heart. Bruises- 5 Stars. Very deep, very dark. Feeling love at the same time as feeling hate... Siren - 5 Stars. Top two songs. We've all been there- In love with the person who could hurt us most. The music is almost electronic, but it is still really great. Hell+Bliss - 5 Stars. My favorite song not only on this album but in general. Light and deep at the same time, different from anything else on the album. Acoustic, symphony, Jazzish vocals- I can't explain it. Yes, actually I can: AMAZING!
This album is dark, deep, meaningful, and beautiful. I couldn't live without it."
Nothing To Get Sick Of
Kenneth E. Knox | Los Angeles, CA United States | 06/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"On her self-released debut EP, actress/singer Majandra Delfino (who goes, simply, by Majandra when recording music) proves that she's not just another TV star with pop ambitions. For one thing, she doesn't sing pop songs. The music on the moody, ambient "The Sicks" is clearly not intended for radio airwaves. And yet, one can't help but hope that there does come a day when this kind of challenging music could make it to a much broader audience. While some may compare Majandra to like-minded artists such as Tori Amos, Portishead, and Bjork, the songs on "The Sicks" (most of which explore love and heartache in the aftermath of a breakup) are decidedly original in tone. True, you can hear a little bit of Radiohead and the aforementioned artists in songs like the lovely "Siren" or "Ski-Ming," but Majandra doesn't simply feltch her material from her influences; she establishes a sound that is uniquely, wholly hers. The EP opens with "Ski-Ming," a particularly juicy number that has Majandra declaring herself as "manipulative" in order to snare herself a man. "I play it like I'm distant/And never really listen/I talk of leaving your life/Right after we've been reminiscing/So all along there is a game/And sometimes I am winning" she sings overtop the lucious electronics of the haunting music. "Bruises" finds her contemplating doing harm to herself in the wake of a breakup with an abusive partner, while on "Oil + Water," she laments that she is probably not cut out for love. "Siren" features some lovely Kate Bush-like vocals, and "Tatu" shows her at her neurotic, heartboken, angry best. "My psychotic vengeance is on a killing spree" she sings. ...The album closes with the lovely, somewhat hopeful acoustic gem, "Hell + Bliss," on which Majandra pleads with her ex to take the risk of returning to her. The song's more uppity arrangement sets it apart from the rest of the darker, more cerebral stylings of the previous tracks, and it provides the perfect capper to a deeply pleasing collection of rich, pensive songs.Delfino played Maria on TV's sci-fi series "Roswell," and also appeared as a privileged, drug-addled teen in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic," and she showed promise as an actress in those (and several other) performances. Thankfully (and somewhat surprisingly), she displays the same promise with this stellar mini-record of mature, gorgeous compositions. Sadly, the EP is very hard to come by, but most of the songs can now be found on the Internet. Anyone who enjoys electronic-based music would do themselves a favor by downloading those songs or searching high and low for a copy of this nearly perfect debut by a stunning new musical talent. Grade: A"
Wentworth | France | 01/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Just forget Maria from Roswell ! She's DEAD !!Now, just focus on Majandra for the great singer she is !
I know it's a strange kind of music but it looks like Portishead and Björk, and that's really cool !
Dark, but cool !
Great voice, great music ...SKI-MING is the first song of the album, interresting, and it shows how she did the album !
BRUISES is a lil' bit violent but not so much !
OIL + WATER is a slow song, with a "sample of love".
SIREN is just great !
TATU is a real good song with beautiful music (looks like Portishead songs) !
HELL + BLISS is simply the best : guitar and voice, what a beautiful mix for good lyrics !But I'm sad for one thing : there are only 6 songs on the cd !!I'm waiting for the next !!"
Majandra i believe to be an acquierd taste
alessandra | Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana | 04/09/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"i believe this cd is great. it is like nothing i have ever heard. i believe she is representing lots of individuals through her unique writings. these liyrics accompained by weird and freaky music give it a real kick. its worth the buy if you are into angry girl music. id recomend it to anyone who had a bad day! or who just want something different for a change."