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CD REVIEW: Sparlha Swa – “Uprising”
By Stacey Board - 09/16/2003 - 12:56 AM EDT

Artist: Sparlha Swa
Album: “Uprising”
CD Review: The arrangement is sparse but the vocals and the melodic content are quite potent. Sparlha has a lovely, supple voice with a nice range and rich tone.

She also has quite a talent for melody and groove in her songs. The 13 songs are largely what I might describe as meditations, soul searching with an uplifting message. Her guitar playing is quite good, varied enough to carry off the sparse arrangement of voice and guitar when those are the only instruments. To be accurate, “Mama” is only voice and snapping, and clapping. The message is missing nothing.

I think the title “Uprising” is an interesting one for a very simply arranged CD, because this CD stands up and demands to be noticed. The title alone might lead you to expect massive loud forceful songs, but Sparlha Swa’s voice and delivery of the songs are like a whisper that is just as loud as a scream and much more effective. She is a very talented singer/songwriter and “Uprising” is packed with 13 solid songs.

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