Tuesday, August 26, 2008

a new CD I'm really enjoying...

If you enjoy "alternative" (what a generic term that has become...) music that centers around the female vocalist/composer, then you owe it to yourself to check out the new release from My Brightest Diamond, called "A Thousand Shark's Teeth." Shara Worden, who is classically-trained, and records on Sufjan Stevens' Asthmatic Kitty label, has recorded some of the most beautiful, creative, and enjoyable songs I've heard this year. Sure, at times the compositions are a bit reminiscent of Bjork (which, IMO, isn't a bad thing!), but they remain unique and memorable enough to avoid any accusations of too overtly wearing their influences on their collective sleeve. Instead, fans of the aforementioned Icelandic pixie, Portishead, Delerium, Lisa Gerrard, and Denali will find this album to be a veritable wealth of lovely cascading melodies and softly drifting tones that evoke a wide range of emotions ultimately leaving the listener feeling peaceful, content, and ready for another listen.

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