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Dominique Lise - 20 Years

20 Years

Dominique Lise

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic
(rnrcurmudgeon@yahoo.com)

Y'know, it's powerhouse CDs like this that make a sane, music person like yours truly wish they could just blow up the whole American Idol/cookie-cutter/panty-less diva music industry to smithereens and start over. Discover deserving new voices and commanding new talents.

Like Dominique Lise.

I"ll admit it took a while for me to get a handle on "20 Years". I kept trying to listen to it one song at a time, in-between other discs-to-be-reviewed taking up residence in my player. Finally, I cleared the decks and just let it play. And play. And play…

From the roaring, opening rip of Eye To Eye; the pop ecstatic Noah"s Coming Home; and the anthemic Nothing Like Your Smile Lise and her crackling band: drummer Tim Myers, guitarist Paul Newton, bassists Greg Goodwin and Derrick Michaud, and keyboardist Bill Butler make their presence felt loud and clear. Fusing the usual musical suspects—folk, rock, pop, blues—into a crisp and punchy bedrock for her sturdy, no holds barred vocals, we"re treated to other captivating tracks, especially Daddy Daddy (How Hard Can One Life Be); Blue Collar, Two Fish and Elijah.

But there is one minor quibble. I think this solid effort loses some steam with its fourteen songs. I might have moved Promise I'd Love You and JP ahead of Nothing Like Your Smile and closed strong on that. See, I told you it was a minor quibble.

Track List:

  • Eye To Eye
  • Noah's Coming Home
  • Daddy Daddy (How Hard Can One Life Be)
  • Two Fish
  • Lay It Down
  • Blue Collar
  • Fit In and Be Cool
  • 20 Years
  • Elijah
  • Nothing Like Your Smile
  • Promise I'd Love You
  • JP
  • All Grown Up
  • Let The Music Be Your Guide
Produced by Billy the Butcher and Dominique Lise

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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