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Lori Michaels - The Lilac Testament

The Lilac Testament

Lori Michaels


Mother West/Papercup Music
37 W20th St. Ste. 1006
New York, NY 10011

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

Lori, a New York country maven, begins her PR this way: The Lilac Testament is Lori's debut album. She wrote all the songs. She wanted to play all the instruments, but then former Wings drummer Steve Holley reminded her that she didn't play drums and offered to step in. The project was quickly completed when she gratefully let it go and the amazing cast of characters: Jon DeRosa (Aarktica/Pale Horse and Rider) on guitar, Ernest Adzentoivich (Flare/Plexus) on bass, and Gerald Menke on pedal steel and dobro did what they do best.

That's a pretty fair assessment of the musical side of things. And I will also add that Michaels has a voice any one of us would die for. Unfortunately, her predictable songs, despite all the pluses previously mentioned, don't do the rest of the equation justice, undermining the whole affair.

In the future, to bring that beautiful voice to the foreground, Michaels should consider collaborating with writers to add some spark and invention to her material, or seek songs from other sources. Those I would really like to hear the lady sing.

Track List:

  • Take My Hand
  • Swing
  • Another Beautiful Girl
  • Drive the Car
  • Home
  • Turn of The Century
  • Don't Believe In Love
  • How Long Can Memories Last
  • The Important Things
  • Note to Self
  • Falling Down
  • This Day
  • You'll See Again
  • Take My Hand (reprise)
Produced by: Charles Newman

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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