I just couldn't resist reviewing Maria McKee's Late December CD in this the final edition of Yorkton This Week this year. It just seemed too perfect a fit.
So let's start with the title cut, what a great effort by McKee. The song shows not only her beautiful voice, but her ability to pen some truly poetical lyrics. Although it is just the first cut on a 12-song effort, Late December quickly makes you a fan of this lady.
Of course we should expect something good from this lady considering she has several CDs under her belt – dating back to her self-titled debut in 1989 -- and you hope an artist grows with each trip to the studio. Of note she sang If Love Is a Red Dress (Hang Me in Rags) on the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction. (1994).
In the case of Late December McKee has certainly attained a high level in terms of her craft. I particularly love her lyrics. This gal is a true poet.
Since her work is very poetry set to song, it's no surprise there are folk elements to this CD. However, McKee far transcends folk music too. There are strong rock elements here too, making it a refreshing blend of modern music, mixed with the soul of an old fashioned poet. She herself refers to her style as folk rock so who am I to argue.
I particularly like No Other Way To Love You, Destine, and One Eye on the Sky (One on the Grave), and of course the title cut.
This is a CD with a deep soul, well worth a listen.
Check McKee out at www.mariamckee.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 26, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada