Nancy Falkow, Clear View (Independent)
Last months you will have noticed many CD reviews of artists, which I did run across on my journey in the United States. Unfortunately I did miss the live-performance of Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner during our visit to the Apple Farm Folk Festival in Philadelphia. But when we arrived there, all of a sudden a girl, Nancy Falkow, approached us. Before I knew what happened, she handed over her new released album 'Clear View' to me. She appeared in the just ended concert of 'Slo-Mo' (Marah, John Train); the name of this dobro-scientist I spotted on Nancy's third album 'Clear View'. It will be clear to you: in Philadelphia exists a very progressive singer-songwriter-scene. Also on 'Clear View' Falkow proves this! It all excels the middle bracket, e.g. listen to 'Sometimes You Jump' with lovely harmony vocals together with Jennifer Lynn and a beautifully played trumpet. It has to be admitted: the title track is the new single in the USA, but yet it isn't the best song on the CD. The specially mixed radio-edit just lifts that track to a higher level. The height of the album is the story of the mattress and the actress to go with it in 'Sleepwalk'; the truth can be hard, but the song speaks for itself. Yes, this lady knows exactly what she wants and is able to. Besides this, on the very moment I am writing this, she has moved to Dublin, Ireland. This new adventure in another musical landscape will do a world of good to this prestigious young lady!
Written by Jan Janssen and translated by Yvonne Böhm
Review of Clear View