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CD REVIEW: Irina Rivkin – “Upwelling”
By Stacey Board - 01/11/2005 - 06:23 PM EST

Artist: Irina Rivkin
Album: “Upwelling”
CD Review: The first thing you notice about Irina is that she is very brave. Then immediately after you realize that she is also very talented and very unique. Her voice is like a fine liquid glass ribbon. It is versatile, solid, fragile and flowing.

Her songwriting voice is also very unique and strong. Her melodies soar and swoop but still stand solid and balanced. She writes with what I imagine is a mirror and flowers in one hand, and a pen and sword in the other. She is not afraid to be vulnerable, and she’s not afraid to tell you how it is, even when the flaws are yours. Rivkin is a modern poet, protester, trailblazer and compassionate artist.

The varied harmonies that are added by Making Waves, her trio that includes partners Maria Quiles and Rebecca Crump simply shine. Their voices are lovely and they sound lovely together.

If you appreciate music with a heart, a brain and a message you will adore Irina Rivkin’s “Upwelling”.

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