If you dig into the soul music scene of United
Kingdom, you cannot miss Carleen Anderson. To help you recap her career,
she was the lead vocalist of the acid jazz group, The Young Disciple. This
group released a classic soul funk album titled "The
road to freedom" in the late 80s. Later then, she launch a solo
career in 1994. Her debut album titled "True
Spirit" established Carleen as one of the most distinguished female
singers/songwriters in the UK. The "True Spirit" album spun several
hit singles, notably "Nervous Breakdown", "Mama Said" and my
personal favorite "Let it last". While in 1998, she released her
second highly anticipated album "Blessed Burden". Despite the fact
that "Bless Burden" was one of her most ambitious projects to-date,
this album fell short of expectation in terms of sales and chart success.
Since then, Carleen has remained sort of low profile from the music
industry and occasionally appeared as guest vocalist in some other jazz
soul funk albums. Until recently, I received a demo CD from my friend,
Switzerland's Soul Brother, Mike
| I am extremely pleased to know
that Carleen Anderson is back with her third solo album titled
"Alberta's GrandDaughter". Information wise, this album is
co-produced with Ben Castle. It is originally planned to released in
September 2002 in the UK but, up to now, it is still not yet released
commercially. I have listened to her new album several times and I can
tell you that this album, if released internationally, will certainly be
an instant classic for her. Carleen is unpredictable. She is not your
average female soul singer. She is unique with her own style and ready to
experimental her creativity in different genres of music. The following is
my track to track review:
Dance In The Rain
album opens with a strange song, in my opinion. Why do I call it Strange?
It's because when I first heard the melody, I was trying to categorize
the song to whether soul, jazz, or funk it is belonged. Anyway, I fail to
do so because I forget Carleen's music, or as an inspiring artists,
cannot be simply and unfairly classified. So I listen to it with an open
heart and I do find out that it is indeed a very decent song.
really like this song. It begins with some quiet background which helps
listeners clearly catch the phrasing and words of Carleen's
interpretation of human relationship and the hope for peace. Then the
melody slowly gets more intense and finally reach to orgasm in which she
soars for the spirit to dance in the rain. Carleen's back. Indeed she is!
The Best You
something new here in this song. You can hear that she wants to develop
the sort of jazzy swing feeling. It is an uplifting and comforting song.
No one can do your best like you!
||This is a
bluesy song. Carleen's voice really shines out in this track. You can
hear the range of her voice and how incredible it is.
|As a fan of Carleen, you should know that
this is the first international hit from The Young Disciple. It brings
back my memories of the UK R&B/Soul/Funk scenes. It is sort of sad to
know that the current UK soul scene is not as strong as it was before in
terms of quality and commercial success. Carleen is one of a few artists
who manages to survive and help retaining the originality of UK soul. To
me, this song carries a special feeling and as always, this song is
||I do not know the meaning of
"Desiderata". Nevertheless, musically, this is another
song by Carleen. This is the longest track of the album running over 8
minutes. But certainly it should be the most imaginative song I've ever
heard from Carleen. To simplify my description, Carleen certainly has
"jazz" in her mind.
Don't Look Back In Anger
When The Light Shines
as the only background instrument, Carleen excels in this beautiful
melancholic ballad. Personally, I really like this track because of the
sentimental atmosphere Carleen creates.
||This is an uplifting song.
It has a little bit of gospel with a touch of jazz feel in it.
Cage Street Memorial
|Quiet storm jazz is what I
describe this song.
||Another beautiful creative contemporary
jazz song. Similar to the opening song, "Love's Remedy", it is an
experimental song in which you have to listen a few times (minimum twice
at least) to get into the rhythm of her music and her messages she wants
to convey to her listeners.
There's A Song
supposedly the first single to be come out from the album. It reminds of
her version of "Maybe I'm amazed" from her second album. Even though
it is a typical rock ballad, Carleen's voice can do no wrong here.
||An outro that
clearly displays Carleen's soulful voice. I suppose this is her song
expressing her gratitude to God and so it should remain one of the most
personal songs from her. Nevertheless, it is also my least favorite from
Spirit by Mike Kressbach
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