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CD REVIEW: Irena Hart - Heart Strings
By Cyrus Rhodes - 01/20/2012 - 01:02 AM EST

Artist: Irena Hart
Album: Heart Strings
Label: Unsigned
Genre: Dance
Sounds Like: Lady Gaga, Madonna, Ke$ha, Natalia Kills
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Heart Strings, Nothing to Give you, Heartbreaker
Weakness: Mix, Marketability (due to mix)
CD Review: Ukraine born pop sensation Irena Hart releases her latest self-titled CD in 2011. Hart now resides in the LA area and is a reporter for Oasis TV.

The CD kicks things off with the title track: “Heart Strings” an inviting intro piece that sets the stage rather appropriately for this catalogue of music. This first piece methodically sets the stage with an impressive combination of solid rhythm, infectious vocals  and well placed Piano accents. Track 2 entitled “Nothing to Give You” serves up a steady bass driven vibe against pulsating melody and vocal layering that can be described as captivating, mesmerizing and simply seductive. Track 3 “What’s Up” is an impressive cover songs of the “Four Non-Blondes” classic with driving rhythm, pulsating keyboard and synthesizer accents and exotic layers of sound. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical textures reminiscent of classic Euro techno meshed with electronica and dub out/ chill type musical textures with perhaps a splash of Industrial. power pop and dance pop. The music is extremely melodic but definitely brings to the table a lot of musical variety and a lot of musical variety and a degree of unpredictability. The Unraveling brings to the table a wide range of instrumentation. You will notice rich musical textures overflowing everywhere - from guitar ambience, sizzling guitar pyrotechnics, driving electronic drums, to exotic saxophone, strings, flute, pulsating bass meshed with synthesizers, impressive piano and keyboard accents. The vocal abilities from Hart fill the sonic space quite well and meshes well with this catalogue of music. The sonic overdubbing is packed to the hilt and is chopped full of exotic soundscapes that lunge at you from every direction. There's not a dull moment on the entire production. The melodic layering is deep, the sonic ambience is infectious and the music is from another galaxy. From dynamic “Heart Breaker” to hypnotic “Find My Way” to mesmerizing “On the Dance Floor” to slamming “On the Dance Floor” to heartfelt “Parallel Dimension” and “Deeper Everyday” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “For U” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

Despite the amazing vocal performances I don’t care for how the vocals sit within the mix on some tracks. This could indicate a bigger issue at hand. Although the mix works - at the end of the day it has a lackluster quality to it, and doesn’t compare to other world class productions within the genera. Track 3 “What’s up” by Four Non Blondes remains is one of the greatest songs in modern rock history, and I am still trying to wrap my head around this new tricked out version by Hart. I fully realize this is a subjective art form but many of the above issues affect the CD’s overall marketability.

From start to finish "Heart Strings" by Irena Hart is a rock solid production. It’s extremely likeable and danceable - and will suck you in like a drug. It’s strength the impressive songwriting, modern-day marketability and infectious vocal presence by Hart herself. Make no bones about she is a marquee talent and one would be wise to keep a watchfull eye on her over the next several years. 

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