Monday, May 17, 2010

Review -- NADIA -- Arrival

ARRIVAL
Nadia
ZTO Records
9.5-out-of-10

You might want to etch the name Nadia in your musical memory, because this gal has the stuff to break big.
Hailing from Calgary Nadia Kazmi really does put it all together.
Let’s start with her songwriting. She has solo writing credits on eight songs, and takes co-writing credits on the other three. The songs she has penned are poetic, yet have some actual depth.
The opening Volcanoes is an amazing song, and the follow-up cut called Mother holds to that high level.
On a website I saw that Queen is among her influences, and musically there are certainly elements of that super group. You can hear it in the song Julian and on Arrival too, but it’s really more about the attitude of Nadia’s music.
She has written interesting, and powerful songs, and you can tell she just grabs the microphone and says, ‘here is my music, hope you like it’. From there her voice takes over and it’s just WOW!
Take a song like Tyranny of the Heart, Nadia just simply rocks it. Joan Jett couldn’t have done it better. Nadia just gives her all through the song.
And then she slows it down, and gets all sultry with an R&B-influenced cut like My True Love, and you just get carried away by her voice.
Ditto with The Blues Always Bleed Red.
This is a lady who really does put it all together. Impressive to say the least. This truly in a must have album.
Check it out at www.nadiakazmi.com
CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar. 31, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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