Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Review -- LEAH MORISE -- Take Me Anywhere

TAKE ME ANYWHERE
Leah Morise
Independent
6.5-out-of-10

Leah Morise is a gal that floats musically in the hazy world between jazz and blues. She starts off Take Me Anywhere with the jazzy Heart of Many Colours, then gets more bluesy on the tongue-in-cheek cut The Panty Song.
Interestingly though, Morise, who hails from London, ON., herself uses the label acoustic/folk on her myspace.com page, which I'm not sure is quite the right vision of her music.
For the 13 cuts, Morise meanders back and forth between jazz and blues, creating something which should appeal to broad-minded fans from both worlds.
I rather like Morise's voice, although at times the song selection left me questioning why? The Peaceful River is such a song. The lyrics are boringly repetitive, and even the styling doesn't seem a good fit for this CD.
At the same time Morise does some very nice songs here too. Street Light Shining is beautiful, and likely the best cut here.
Teddy Bear is another song that works for Morise's voice.
Morise does have a nice voice, but overall this effort would have benefited from a touch more editing. While I like CDs that offer a lot of material, more of a good thing is a good thing, there are simply a couple of cuts here that had they been trimmed out of the mix, would have strengthened the effect of what was left.
You can check her out at www.leahmorise.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 7, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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