â€œNo One Really Knowsâ€ begins with â€œLatelyâ€, a track that I feel that exhibit enough energy and fire to keep listeners buckled in for the long haul. Whether it is the funky guitar lines, the impassioned vocals of Campos herself, or even the punchy drumming present, â€œLatelyâ€ is a bombastic and charged entry into â€œNo One Really Knowsâ€, and is a perfect foil to the much more slinky and sultry â€œChangesâ€. Hints of Tori Amos and Billie Holiday are present during this track, melding together genres as disparate as soul, r&b, blues, alternative, and indie rock all in the course of a few-minute effort.
Where each constituent element here shines on its own merit, I feel that the collective element of the vocals, bass, drums, and synthesizer here represent something that is significantly greater than the sum of each part. â€œNow and Thenâ€ continues with the slower sound first broaches during â€œLatelyâ€, but spins the album into bold new places. It is really the interplay between the vocal and instrumental side of things here that sets â€œNow and Thenâ€ off from the rest of the tracks on â€œNo One Really Knowsâ€. Set apart, it is during the chorus that these two parts work together to make something endearing and impacting.
Where albums this year have been largely marked by a decrease in quality the later one gets in them, â€œNo One Really Knowsâ€ seems to gain momentum with each subsequent effort. â€œSilverlineâ€ represents the first part of the second half of the disc, and I feel that there has been some sentience present in the tracks that allows the track to be crafted even at a step above even impressive efforts like â€œChangesâ€. While one can say the same thing when comparing â€œEase My Mindâ€ to the aforementioned â€œSilverlineâ€, â€œEase My Mindâ€ represents a noteworthy track in other important dimensions. It is during this track that the vocals do more than just tell a story, and take on some bold harmonic nuances that set the instrumental side of the song off from anything else on â€œNo One Really Knowsâ€. â€œNo One Really Knowsâ€ is an album that is comprises an important milestone in Camposâ€™ music; it bridges the gap between her earlier work (â€œSo It Goesâ€) and anything that may follow. Make sure to pick up this album today.
Top Tracks: Lately, Now and Then
Conchita Campos â€“ No One Really Knows / 2009 Self / 9 Tracks / http://www.conchitacampos.com / http://www.myspace.com/conchitacampos