Artist: Nancy Falkow (www.nancyfalkow.com)
Genre: Pop 'n' stuff
It's Spring now. Listening to Nancy's 40 minute disc, it is even more Spring suddenly. '(With) So Much in the World' and its brassy, jazzy feel, it seems a shame to have the windows closed, the blinds drawn. Nancy's very adult voice, nearly with a Mariah range, carries itself over the 70s horn-pop feel with mega-glad tidings. Too, too bad when it begins to fade out on the 3rd minute. It's got style, class and musical party favors galore. 'With so much in the world and so little time / why can't we love a little longer.' My thought exactly!
But don't give up. The UP is dominant and with us to the end. Take just the next track, 'Victrola'. Acoustically liquid and beautifully rendered. 'I wanna swim through you / flow through your veins / be your first breath of fresh air / your ledge in the rain / I'm your first thought and the last dream / on your mind.' Steve's electric guitar is so fresh and non-confrontational that you'll swear in a second it's not really plugged in after all.
Falkow has an interesting amalgamation breezing through her 12 tracks. She easily combines the personal, the story, and the catchy hook without resting on any one special limb. Likening her musical style, think a little Sheryl Crow (esp. in the voice), sometimes Hootie creeps in, but smooth substance.
Take the beautiful 'It Could've Been Anyone'. Man, if that don't sound like Crow on her best day. Great stuff, one of my favs, not forgetting the opening track. This one's a soft day love song that's far away from violins. It's not a song for wooing, but for showing off love's strength. 'It could've been anyone / but I'm so glad it was you / I couldn't see anything / but you put it all right in front of me / showed it to me differently.'
Quite a talent. She's not going for show stoppers. She's ruler-ing the world by what she knows, what she thinks. And Nancy is one of the best for making that raw silk talent work for her.
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