Sunday, April 27, 2014

CD Review: Leslie DiNicola's 'Some Greener Yard'

Leslie DiNicola
Some Greener Yard

New York-based, Leslie DiNicola, brings us a set of five songs that display a poignant beauty the goes beyond simple vocals. Leslie's voice is a mix between Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin and Janis Joplin. "Stay" is a jaunty song with an upbeat folk and roots melody. "Weight" is a sauntering piano melody with a slow beat and progressive presence. "It's Alright" is a bluesy, roots-inspired voyage into the soul with reverberating organs, swishy percussion, and sweet vocals. "Shaky Wire" opens with a grungy guitar, bubbling organ sounds, and a classic folk-roots element resembling some of Shawn Colvin's earlier work. At any rate, Leslie knows how to evoke emotive works with words and musical arrangements. Every song is worthy of repeated listens. Life is greener in Leslie's yard. Push play now... ~ Matthew Forss

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