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Serah - Late Harvest

Late Harvest


Great Northern Arts Foundation

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch

In 1988 Serah released Flight of the Stork, pretty much in the same vein as Enya, Clannad and Maire Brennan, a new age CD with a mission. It portrayed the migration of the stork from Africa throughout the world and back. In her music you could actually see the birds flying, and the CD showed a high level of commitment and understanding of Africa, rarely found in the cliches of popular music. I played this CD for days and months and I consider it to be one of the best new age CD's ever released. Chosen by Setereoplay in Germany as CD of the year, Flight of the Stork is still one of the greatest of undiscovered gems.

Serah's voice is distinct, and plays between the vocal chords of a child and a jazz singers. Her lyrics are always highly romantic, in Psalm Song she sings:
In the morning let me know thy true love
I have put my trust in thee
Show me the way that I must go
To thee I offer all my heart

After Flight of the Stork Serah released four more CD's Senegal Moon, Out of The Wind Wings Of The Moon and Wing of Mercy, all of the were good CD's and pretty much followed on the steps of Flight of the Stork although none of the was able to reach the magic of that first album.

In her latest release, Late Harvest, Serah goes more toward pop songs. She even covers songs by other songwriters, like Ben E. King's Stand by Me and Carole King's Will You Still Love Me. I can understand her need for a change, or a new direction, but in my eyes, this seems to be her weakest release. The only place were I can place the music of this CD is in elevators and airports. Although it's nothing to be ashamed of, it's very far way from her previous releases and what she is capable of writing and singing.

Track List

  • I Think I Know
  • Stand By Me
  • Psalm Song
  • Sailing
  • Joined at the Wing
  • Catching Fireflies
  • Crazy Love
  • Pieces of Dreams
  • Inner Voice Dialogue
  • Dolce
  • Will You Still Love Me
  • Forgive the Moon
  • Breathing Desert Air

[Editor's note: This CD is available from Serah's web site.]

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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