Friday, May 2, 2008

Review -- UNDERNEATH THE FRAY - Every Song On The Radio

EVERY SONG ON THE RADIO
Underneath the Fray
Independent
6.5-out-of-10

Underneath the Fray is an acoustic folk band out of Saskatoon.
Actually, the sound is that of Lois Mullen who performs acoustic and electric guitar, vocals and drum machine. That tells you two things. One this gal has definite musical talent, and two, this CD is a labour of love when you realize she put extensive effort into doing almost everything here. You have to appreciate the determination, and tip the hat to her effort and dedication.
So was the effort worth her while?
Yep, this is a pretty good first effort. As you might expect the key factor here is Mullen's voice. While not completely unique, it is one well-suited to folk stylings.
The second key to good folk-influenced music is having good lyrics. At times I find this one a tad popish in approach, but you get the feeling that will change as Mullen matures as a performer, and you do recognize she has talent as a writer too.
There is no doubt Underneath the Fray would be a great act to have in the right venue, something small and intimate where Mullen and the audience would be able to interact, sharing the music and the emotion of the performance.
This CD offers up only seven songs, so you might wish for a bit more, but as a first Indie release, you can accept it.
As for a best song, I'll pick Smile, although all the material is pretty well on the same level here.
Check out this Saskatchewan talent at www.myspace.com/underneaththefray
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 30, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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