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Arielle Silver - somethingprettysomethingtrue


Arielle Silver

Album and tracks available from CD Freedom.

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

Vocally akin to Chrissie Hynde with an Armatrading shade and powered by an impressive and expansive folk funk ala Dave Matthews, Silver's first full-length studio CD — recorded 'twixt rush hour and bedtime on Boston's south side' — deserves as much attention as we can manage to give it.

Though some of the songs may at times sound like they're cut from the same mold (Time and Space, Cover Me, Missing You) there is more than enough intriguing material on somethingprettysomethingtrue to hold Silver well above the widening sinkhole of singer/songwriters who have nothing to add to the human discourse, but, through available technology and carelessness, feel the need to add it anyway.

With a keen sense of how a song works; expressive lyrics ("There are imprints of time on my skin"); and tireless, punchy performances from her tourmates — bassist Mariana Iranzi and hubby drummer Scott Manley — Silver wrestles with and makes peace with the world on the energetic title track, Flame I Should Fear, Cowboy, Pretty Parting Goodbye, Pull and Push and the evocative Prefer You Were A Girl. Several New England musical luminaries add spice and depth to this winning collection, especially cellist Lindsay Mac and co-producer/arranger Chris Florio on guitars and keyboards.

Track List:

  • somethingprettysomethingtrue
  • Flame I Should Fear
  • Time and Space
  • Cowboy
  • Cover Me
  • Missing You
  • Pretty Parting Goodbye
  • Downpour Downtrodden
  • Pull and Push
  • Walk Away Instead
  • Prefer You Were A Girl
  • How Beautiful, You
  • 5pm Busk
Produced by Arielle Silver and Chris Florio

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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