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CD REVIEW: Sparlha Swa - "Uprising"
By Gian F - 07/01/2003 - 12:47 AM EDT

Artist: Sparlha Swa
Album: "Uprising"
CD Review: Genre: Folk/R&B
Sounds Like: Dido/India Arie
Technical Grade: 5
Production/Musicianship Grade: 5
Commercial Value: 5
Overall Talent Level: 10
Songwriting Skills: 7
Performance Skill: 10
Best Songs: Spirit, The War Within, Go Slow, Too Late, Breath Of The Gods
Weakness: Needs production/producer
CD Review: Sparlhwa is from Oakland, via New York, and she, like most adult female singers, has been around the block a couple of times. What sets her apart is the fact that she took detailed notes during each trip and put them into songs that comprise her debut CD, "Uprising."

Sounding as though it were recorded live at an open mic, her project, which is really a demo, contains a bare bones elementary guitar/keyboard production of political, spiritual, and emotional songs that document life and human experiences very eloquently. At times she seems more like a poet, or an activist who happens to be trying her hand at songwriting, which creates a fresh, and refereshing end result.

While her songs are far from being commercial, it's her vocal talent that I'm really reviewing here. She plays her voice melodically as if it were a finely tuned instrument; displaying precision and skill, while conveying strength and emotion. I hesitate to compare her to anyone vocally because she is really in a league of her own. She has such a uniquely beautiful tone and resonance to her voice that you start to believe she could just about sing anything and it would sound good.

Advice: My gut tells me that you are not an artist who is driven by commercial success, but with vocal talent like yours, the right producer would open up doors to greater opportunities for you.

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