Katey Laurel - From Here
More carefully and still just as carefree as her 2008 release Upstairs Downstairs, Katey Laurel is back.
"Everything I Love" have a snappy rhythmic dynamic, while the title-track "From Here" is more of a sullen progressive track that builds as you get about halfway through. Another track that stands out is "Someone Like You", which features Laurel in a more accappella-acoustic guitar slap until the percussion finally hits. In contrast to the rest of the album, this song has a bit of funk.
One suggestion I may have two albums in, oddly enough, is I'd like to hear some relaxed vocal content from time to time. She spends almost all of her recordings at a high-pitch, which of course is the intent. The reason I suggest such a bold "laziness" is simply 'cause it would create an even better appreciation for her sultry soprano-like style. She does sort of touch on this style a bit during the verse of track three "The Wheel". Good overall structure with a memorable chorus, probably one of the more 'radio-ready' tracks here.
The best range Laurel shows here in my eyes is "Blue Skys Comin", from that aforementioned casual vocal to a very dangerous high-pitch. Though Laurel still has yet to turn me into a Lounge-Singer music consumer, in her second release in three years, she shows a steady respect for subtle rhythms and clean lyricism.
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