Maiyshas debut covers a lot of ground |

Maiyshas debut covers a lot of ground

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado
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This Much Is True EUSONIA4 stars of 5Maiyshas debut album, This Much Is True, delivers on all fronts. Throw it on at a party and the house is sure to start dancing. Listen to it while driving and your head will start bobbing. At least one of the singles on the album is guaranteed to get picked up for some MTV teenage drama and Im pretty sure youll hear another one on a soft drink commercial before its all over. Just check out the song Orbit and tell me Im wrong.But thats just how catchy this album is the broad appeal of the CD alone is sure to carry it up the charts, even if it never tops them; but dont count that possibility out either.The Brooklyn-based artist does a hell of a job uniting gospel, soul, funk, R&B, blues, jazz, hip-hop and yes, theres even a little rock and roll to be found in the mix. And everything she attempts to do on this album, she does well. Her soaring and soulful vocals take up so much space that its hard not to think of divas like Aretha Franklin and the fact that Maiysha wrote all the songs except for one (a kick ass slide guitar-laced blues version of Peter Gabriels Sledgehammer) shows that shes a genuine talent and not just another casualty of the lazy American Idol mindset that has been destroying the music industry like a cancer.Pay attention to Maiysha because shes all set to go places. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

If Less Is More … Nothing Is Everything Palmetto Records3 stars of 5Fans of Yael Naim and Norah Jones will feel right at home with Kate McGarry, whose soulful jazz vocals reveal a singer with talents ready to burst at the seams. Each of the 10 tracks on her new album, If Less Is More … Nothing Is Everything, are laid down with the barest of instrumentation, allowing McGarrys voice to shine much brighter than if it were buried under layers of noise. For all of its swirling beauty and delicate arrangements, If Less Is More is a very calm album, even at its most energetic, which isnt necessarily a fault, but it is noticeable. That being said, McGarry sings with the same gusto as the old-school jazz singers: Dianne Reeves, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald. Its easy to picture her in a smoky lounge sitting atop a piano sweetly singing The Cars Just What I Needed (a great version by McGarry appears early on the album) to a room full of gentlemen in suits. The album has class written all over it.In a New York Times interview, McGarry said Im taking new avenues to a place where jazz and folk meet and really get along well, and that pretty much sums up the sound and style of If Less Is More. Charlie Owen, High Life writer

New York City Verve2 stars of 5Dipping easily into several languages on the vocals and several styles on the backings, New York quirky pop trio Brazilian Girls kicks off its third album with breezy, whistle-blown pop on St. Petersburg.Despite the bands creativity and comfort with a number of sounds ranging from club music, French lounge and bossa nova to plain old piano pop, Brazilian Girls do not especially transcend anything else going on in the bands-were-excited-about-right-now-and-probably-wont-listen-to-again-come-September,-unless-of-course-they-have-another-album-out-in-September category.It probably is unfair to get annoyed at Sabina Sciubbas insistence on singing in French intermittently throughout the album especially when she does so with smartly written lyrics and street-caf ease but it feels kitschy in all the wrong ways.These songs have undeniable swagger the first time around: Berlin sounds like Edith Piaf leading a New Orleans funeral march; and Good Time is just that, with its rock n roll walking bass and gleeful synthesizers.Then there are the songs that simply do not work: Strange Boy is monotone and blindsidingly boring after a strong first three tracks. Brazilian Girls firm stance outside of consistency doesnt stay novel for long. Margaret Hair, Steamboat Pilot & Today

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