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CD REVIEW: Stacey Board, "Drive"
By David Lockeretz - 12/02/2002 - 11:59 PM EST

Artist: Stacey Board
Album: "Drive"
CD Review: Stacey Board's songwriting and performance style is honest, down to earth and to the point. In a clear, high voice that bears a touch of Bree Sharp, Board lays down melodic songs that bear the influence of both time-tested folk music and modern electronica.

"What I Wanted" and "Unravelling" are two songs that will particularly stick in the listener's head, and the funky groove and progressive harmonies of "Joey" also stand out.

What the CD needs is a fuller overall sound. The mixes seem a little bottom-thin; they either need overdubbed tracks to flesh things out, or, to preserve the "live" vibe, more prominent bass and slightly less vocals might do the trick. (I am a bass player, after all). The electric guitar and horns contrast nicely with the dominant acoustic sound, but they are too far back in the mix to make much of an impression. The musicianship, overall, is competent, but there were few solos or rhythm section tracks that really made me turn my head.

Board's talent as a songwriter is clear; with better production and more outstanding instrumental work, she has a great shot at making a name for herself.

Stacey Board's web site is www.staceyboard.com. She is also a Muse's Muse associate music reviewer.


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