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CD REVIEW: Liz Tansey – “what I want”
By Stacey Board - 01/27/2004 - 09:46 PM EST

Artist: Liz Tansey
Album: “what I want”
CD Review: From the first track you are struck by the power and grace of Liz Tansey’s voice. It has pleasing strength, range and emotion. This woman can sing the blues. And the ballads, and all in between.

Tansey also has a very good ear and so does her producing partner, Ralph Cole. They hit all the right notes here, without unnecessary schlock anywhere. The arrangements let Tansey shine up front. The players are all experts that add the proper touch without being distracting. Nice additions of Hammond B-3, harmonica, and horns heat up the overall sound and add punch and accent.

All of the songs but one are written with other writers, and two were written entirely by other writers. The song Tansey wrote on her own, “Dear Louise” is quite good and I hope she continues to write more. I really like “The Other Woman” also, it's got a great rocking blues feel to it and some clever lyrics. Most of the other songs have a bluesy feel or at least a leaning.

This is a solid sounding CD full of good songs and wonderful singing.

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