â€œDrop Of Loveâ€ is the initial track on â€œWater Meâ€, and this track has a humanity to it that a number of major-label releases are seemingly unable to have. The vocals on â€œDrop Of Loveâ€ are approachable to a degree that is simply not heard in most current music, and the resulting Marie Black track is something that draws heavily on the vocal history established by individuals like Janis Joplin, Ani DiFranco, and Tori Amos. However, rather than be in that trioâ€™s collective shadow, Black is able to bring something new to the table.
Contrary to a number of female singer-songwriters, who tend towards having fairly lackadaisical musical arrangements on their CD (making their vocals stronger by comparison), the tracks on â€œWater Meâ€ have a battle back and forth between the vocals and the instrumentation. This means that the quality of a â€œStray Animalsâ€ or â€œAmphibianâ€ is simply delightful, and each guitar line, drum beat, or piano arrangement is just as impressive as Blackâ€™s own formidable vocals. The title track has a tempo that distinguishes it from the rest of the disc; the slower, sluggish style of the instrumentation here is deliberate, allowing Blackâ€™s vocals to attain a level of emotion that will affect anyone that may be listening. â€œFlowered Gunâ€ is a straight-forward rock track, drawing heavily on the psychedelic genre while still having something to say to younger listeners.
Blackâ€™s vocals pull double-duty here in that they convey lyrics as well as providing some additional harmony to the arrangements on the track. The desire of Black to challenge preconceived notions of proper time signatures (heard as well on â€œFlowered Gunâ€) further establishes â€œWater Meâ€ as a â€œone of kindâ€ type of album. The heavier, harder approach of â€œFlowered Gunâ€ mellows out for â€œHollywood Stageâ€, but the one constant between the two tracks (as well as the rest of the tracks on â€œWater Meâ€) is a quality that does not waiver. Any track, whether it be â€œOne Night Standâ€ or â€œWrecking Ballâ€, could conceivably rocket up radio charts. Purchase â€œWater Meâ€ and hear some entertaining rock that has no easy comparison; Marie Black is impressive when it comes to crafting a unique-yet-approachable disc.
Top Tracks: Amphibian, Stray Animals
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