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EP REVIEW: Ari Scott - "I Can Open My Eyes"
By Gian F - 11/13/2004 - 10:24 PM EST

Artist: Ari Scott
Album: "I Can Open My Eyes"
CD Review: Genre: Pop Alternative
Sounds Like: Tori Amos/Dido/Alanis Morissette
Technical Grade: 8
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9
Commercial Value: 8
Overall Talent Level: 8
Songwriting Skills: 8
Performance Skill: 8
Best Songs: Fortunate One, Fill Of Love, And A Day
CD Review: Ari Scott, a singer/songwriter from the big apple in New York, sent me a CD accompanied by a note (always recommended) stating that she has ambivalent feelings about receiving attention - which she sometimes craves - but also hates. In spite of Ari's inner conflicts, there is no conflict about the commercial quality of this project or the songs on it. It is - in a word - outstanding!

Her soothing voice subtly commands and directs your attention with an almost hypnotic quality that draws you into the experiences of her life and forces you to care about the outcome. Her lyrics speak to those who have been there and done that - and have grown as a result of it, as evidenced on the project's best song, "Fortunate One," which articulates the process of recovering from a painful break-up. It has a rich, layered, musical backdrop that practically tells the story by itself.

There are only three songs on the CD, but they are well-produced, concise, and benefit from great vocal arrangements that place Ari's greatest talents (her voice and lyrics) under a very bright spotlight on every track - how's that for attention! Yes Ari, you can open your eyes now...the world knows you're out there and they (like me) will be waiting to hear more from you.

Advice: Get ready to receive LOT'S of attention! These songs - and your songwriting style - could be of great interest to music licensing agents and publishers...which would keep you in the background and out of the spotlight...if you so choose.

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