Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review -- LAUREN MANN AND THE FAIRLY ODD FOLK -- Stories From Home

STORIES FROM HOME
Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk
Indie
7.5-out-of-10

Lauren Mann has one of those voices that tends to sparkle no matter whether a song has an upbeat, catchy sound, or whether she slows things down with a sadder tune. It's just a pretty voice which is a pleasure to listen too.
And, on her full CD debut Stories From Home, Mann certainly draws the listener in quickly. Lost in the Sound is the lead cut, and it's one of the best offerings on a very solid 11-song effort.
Stow Me Away contends for top honours as well, along with Lady in the Yellow Dress and Let's Go Into the Unknown.
The music is clearly folk at its heart, although one can see the influences of Mann's jazz training, and the reality of modern pop, adding brush strokes to the material.
"This album, Stories From Home, is a different sort of album," said Mann, who recently performed at 5th Avenue Cup & Saucer in Yorkton. "It's a collection of songs that I wrote and recorded over the past few years, some on my own, and some with a friend in Calgary who had a studio in his basement."
The finished product is very good, and Mann is rightfully happy with it.
"I think that “Stories From Home” is good as a self-produced and mostly self-recorded album," she said. "I’m proud of the songs, and I’m happy with how it turned out ….
"It’s also a good starting point to continue with. I think that writing those songs has helped me develop lyrically and musically as a musician, and I hope that development will be seen on future recordings."
This is a disk which should find a broad fan base as it has appeal in material and style which really does cross the barriers of age.
Check her out at www.laurenmannmusic.com
CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar 9, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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