Atlantic Crossing Stealthily does it.
There are times when blissful ignorance can turn into extremely pleasant surprise and that was certainly the case when I finally got round to playing the long awaited debut album from Laura Izibor. Since most music based daytime radio is unlistenable, babbling drivel with the exception of Phantom, Ian Dempsey's Breakfast Show and the venerable Ronan Collins I was under the impression that I hadn't actually heard anything by her. Well, that lasted all of a minute and a half into the new oakley lenses opening track, Shine. Hang on a minute, that's her! The hookline "Let the sun shine on your face" seems to have been part of the background musical landscape for more than a year due to its use on a TV ad (I couldn't for the life of me tell you what the ad was for, so there goes the theory that a great track will draw people towards a product). The fact that it sounded genuinely, authentically soulful and was wonderfully but tastefully played led me to assume that it was being sung by either a veteran artist who'd slipped beneath my radar or some bright young R'n'B ingenue straight from the Stateside conveyor belt. Honestly, if you'd told me that o oakley it was being performed by a 21 year old from Ballyboden I'd have suggested you consult a psychologist oakley sunglasses for men for help with compulsive lying disorder. Let's face it, the Irish may claim a reasonable facility with several musical forms but soul and R'n'B (the original form) have rarely been among them, until now. Izibor's album Let oakley usa sale The Truth Be Told was kept off the top of the local charts by the latest pile of cack from Christy Moore (Christy covers Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond Sweet divine Jesus!) and while she's not the first Irish artist to venture into this field, she's definitely the first one to nail it as regards the form and, most importantly, the content. That Laura's music doesn't sound remotely Irish isn't surprising, given that the record was in gestation for more than four years, beginning its long trawl when she was signed to Jive straight out of school (and having won the 2FM Song Contest at 15) and working through several unsuccessful retoolings there before she was allowed to leave and join Atlantic. As a singer, she has a warm and expressive voice and doesn't rely on dressage style gymnastics to get the meaning of a song across, while the backing tracks have obviously been worked out to the nth degree, but still have the knack of sounding light of touch. The album does tail off in the final stages, but in Shine, Don't Stay, If Tonight Is My Last, What Would You Do and From My Heart To Yours she's knocked out five clear winners.
On the inner casing there's a graphic of an old vinyl album bearing the classic Atlantic logo, but featuring Let The Truth Be Told's running order and it doesn't feel like some wannabe fantasist looking for credibility by association, especially given that Laura has shared a stage with the label's greatest ever female singer: Aretha Franklin. Let The Truth Be Told is dedicated to Atlantic's founder, Ahmet Ertegun, who passed away last year. Something tells me he'd have rather liked it.
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