MANDA > Keeps On Turning

Written by July 1st, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Label: BATH
Rating: ★★★½☆

Songs of timeless appeal that shine with the spirit of authentic Americana. Beautiful, compelling melodies with poignant lyrics sung with a sensual, sultry authority that hovers somewhere between Aimee Mann and Chrissie Hynde. Manda’s songs reflect a woman’s perception of love and life, but it’s an empowered vision that shimmers in the tilt of the words and the zen vigor of the vocals. Almost all of the songs are co-written with an assembly of gifted tunesmiths (including Cody LePow and Guy Erez, the producer), but are united by a tender compassion and singular focus. The title song is slinky and arch; it’s funny and mysterious, catchy but not cloying. Manda knows her way around a catchy hook, but does so with genuine heart and no scarcity of soul. Erez’s production and musicianship throughout is solid and ideal-propulsive tapestry drum rhythms underscore rich, real textures of guitars, keys and harmonica. An absolutely stunning cover of Pete Townshend’s “Blue, Red and Grey” is a brew of desire, grace and whimsy from an artist whose time has come. This is good; this is now.


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