Instead Of Sleeping
The cdbaby site for this CD summarises the set as "R&B meets Jazz meets Easy Listening.
Listen to vocals and lyrics that paint a picture for you"
Siren is vocalist Karen Maria Capo and piano/keyboardist John Kelly and together they write the sort of music that deserves
an intimate atmosphere and, thanks to Karen Maria's delectable voice - think Diana Krall meets Maysa Leak! - just makes me
Occasionally, they are augmented by a backing vocalist, usually Katrina Gray but, as on
the complex 'One Good Reason', by Liz Lawton and there might be someone to play bass or guitar but, in the main, it is all
down to the twosome, who also write the songs.
Just two exceptions
Joe McCoy's 'Why Don't You Do Right' is taken slower than average
and thus becomes a rather seductive poser and Cole Porter's 'I've Got You Under My Skin' gets a shuffling Latin rhythm.
Most of the material is on the gentle side
and perfect for relaxation ... 'Take A Stand', 'Instead Of Sleeping', 'Maybe','Nightbird' ... but just because I've lumped
the songs together does not mean a lack of originality in the writing.
'Same Moon' and 'Makes No Difference' take a jerkier approach, 'I Can't Stay' is quite a
perky little number and the weaving 'I Believe' finds Karen Maria sounding like she's singing through a tube (mic) at the
Leaving the best to last, 'Kiss Of You' is
so gorgeous and 'Til We Meet Again' is tuneful, delicious and the perfect song to end the CD. This won't be the cup of tea
of strictly soul-orientated readers, but I was hooked.