CD REVIEW: Natalie Walker - "Urban Angel"
By Gian F - 05/16/2008 - 01:35 PM EDT
Artist: Natalie Walker
Album: Urban Angel
Label: Quango Music
Genre: Adult Alternative
Sounds Like: Sarah McLachlan/Tori Amos
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Rest Easy, No One Else, Quicksand, Crush, Faith
CD Review: Natalie Walker, a singer/songwriter from India via New York, has the kind of lyrical talent for which lyric sheets were invented. She artfully documents and articulates the many nuances of the love experience upon a beautiful musical canvas that comes courtesy of the mellow and superlative production of producers, Dan Chen and Nate Greenberg, who help her create a CD that can be enjoyed from start to finish.
In the lascivious opening track, "Crush," she writes about the loss of innocence and the discovery of sexuality with incisiveness. Her dissection of love gone awry (and astray) in "Quicksand,” is meticulous and therapeutic. Both are gems that quickly leave you enraptured and enthralled in the ethereal mysticism of Natalie's musical cocoon. They are just the tip of the iceberg, but abundantly illustrate the emotional composition of her entire repertoire which is perfect for film and TV placement.
Her most commercial song (in spite of the energy injected remix of Quicksand), is "Rest Easy," which at first listen appears to be characterized by the lyrical prose that is typically found in a simple Pop song, but Natalie chose to write about the profoundness of the simplicity that comes from the comfort of being able to rest/relax when you find true love. Other notable tracks include the seductively sweet, Enyaesque, "No One Else," the dark and thought-provoking "Faith," and the jazzy, Bjork flavored "Circles."
With musical, lyrical, and vocal talents that are indeed heavenly, Natalie could very well be a true Urban Angel.
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