Leah-Carla Gordone â€“ Dancing On The Dragon / 2005 Butterfly Child / 11 Tracks / http://www.leahcarlagordone.com / email@example.com / Reviewed 26 December 2005
â€œBeautyâ€ is a solid opening to â€œDancing On The Dragonâ€, but ultimately suffers from the fact that it is stretched out to a time approximating six and a half minutes. Aside from the strong vocals from Gordone, there is a very impressive jazz horn solo that flitters through the track at all the great times. Tracks like â€œRain Downâ€ are much more sedate and seem to rely on an instrumental track that seems pulled straight out of the early nineties; compared to the opening fare on this disc, the song sounds unnecessarily meandering. The next actual â€œhitâ€ for Gordone happens during â€œGet It Backâ€; a violin that mixes Irish and sixties lounge offers up a hook that really has not been heard before.
The added guitar, straight out of the Santana playbook seems a little tacked on but works nonetheless in the track. This same style of guitar occurs throughout â€œDancing On The Dragonâ€, happening again during the overly-distorted â€œLet It Flowâ€. â€œLet It Flowâ€ succeeds nicely when it comes to the dynamic tension on the disc, but suffers when this layer of distortion drapes itself over Gordoneâ€™s voice. The multiple vocal layers during â€œThe Roadâ€ is perhaps the strongest innovation to be found on â€œDancing On The Dragonâ€; it adds something that seems to be missing on the rest of the songs on the disc. Moving back to a slower tempo for â€œLet Yourself Fallâ€, the track seems stronger than â€œRain Downâ€ due to a smarter instrumentation on the part of Gordoneâ€™s act. The vocals on â€œLet Yourself Fallâ€ are made stronger by the presence of a bass line that perfectly mimics the vocals of Gordone during the track.
â€œLet Yourself Fallâ€ switches gears slightly when a funk-laden backdrop takes precedence in the second half of the track, but the momentum changes again when Gordone moves into the electronic-infused stylings of â€œCrystal Clear Infinityâ€. The different styles of music attempted on â€œDancing On The Dragonâ€ show that Gordoneâ€™s influences border on the esoteric, but one just cannot help but wonder if the album would not be more impressive if Gordone stuck with one or two genres. â€œDancing On The Dragonâ€ is a nice, innocuous album that has practically all of its eleven tracks crafted perfectly for the radio. Something is still missing from the batch of tracks that separates them from the rest of the pop music currently played on the radio.
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