Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Review -- ELLEN KOLENICK -- Dear John

Ellen Kolenick

Readers of all things Yorkton This Week will recall a recent story on Ellen Kolenick’s new CD project, since she was raised in nearby Saltcoats. Now its time to focus in on the CD’s sound.
I’ll start by saying this lady has a beautiful voice. It would be wonderful if she had a venue to perform at here in the city to hear her up close and personal.
Kolenick’s debut disk is only seven songs, and regular readers will know I prefer a full disk rather than an EP, although I suppose seven songs almost puts it in between the two. Again the reason I like a full disk is if the music is good, the listener wants more, and when offering up a debut, make sure you offer up as much good music as is reasonable. Kolenick does a great job on the material here. Another four or five songs would just have added to the pleasure.
So what sort of music does Kolenick perform?
That is a question not easily answered, even by the performer herself. In the previous story she explained herself this way; “ I'm a singer/songwriter who plays easy listening, adult contemporary music - I call it, ‘dinner hosting, chocolate eating, wine sipping, bubble bathing kinda sound’.”
Therein may lie a problem for Kolenick in that I don’t recall many radio stations proclaiming they play that kind of music, nor do you find a section in a music store with that label. Just where she fits will be a challenge.
That’s too bad because there are some beautiful songs. Miss You is a wonderfully sad song, and Story of Us and Come Back Home are great cuts too.
Certainly a disk with a local connection worth seeking out. Check it out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 2, 2009 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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