Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Review -- INEZ -- Singsoulgirl

Letsemot Records
Wow! When I tossed Singsoulgirl in the player, I was immediately surprised, and it was a very good surprise.
True Love, the first song immediately let’s the listener know Inez is for real. What a voice.
Inez reminds me a lot of Mariah Carey, including at least a passing resemblance. The real similarity though comes in voice and music.
Inez is a Sto:lo, Ojibway and Metis artist, from British Columbia, whose bio at states she grew up “playing the fiddle with her Metis grandfather and learning the traditional Sto:lo dancing and singing from which her music has evolved.”
What an evolution. This is about as far from Metis fiddle as you can get. Now that is not a bad thing. While I can enjoy fiddle music, it would be a shame had Inez never set down the fiddle and bow and picked up the microphone. This girl deserves to be front and centre. Her voice truly demands it.
It would be hard to imagine Inez on stage singing as she does on this disk, and not have every eye in the place glued to her every move.
As you might gather from the CD title, Singsoulgirl is a soul effort, although it’s modern soul, with that sort of R&B, hip hop undertone.
The disk earned a cart load of recognition at the recent 2009 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards including; Best Album Cover, Best New Artist, Best Pop Album, and Single of the Year.
The disk also earned a 2009 Western Canada Music Awards nomination in the Aboriginal category (won by Eagle & Hawk which will be reviewed here in the coming weeks).
I particularly like how Inez incorporates her First Nations roots in some of the songs, most notably Stick Game Jam. A great touch.
Inez does it again on Ready 1-2.
This is one of those disks that impressed me from the very start, and held me attention. I’ll listen to this one again and again. Pick it up. Inez is for real.

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 25, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada


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