Like Enya on steroids, Kennedy opens her extraordinary solo debut with The Thing With Feathers—a pulsating, gothic journey into the secret interiors of that most resilient of muscles, the heart. Switching gears she charges headlong and fearless into the rock 'n roll of New Way to Live.
As producer, arranger, lead instrumentalist, songwriter, chef, and chief bottle washer, Maura gives her vast resources free range without apology. Who knew that behind the folk pop lady with the bell-like voice hid an 80's hard rocker ('Chains") /and/ the girlish, Holly disciple that empowers the ultra exuberant, radio ready Make It Last? Speaking of radio friendly, the glittering goodbye Summer Coulda Lasted Forever makes for an absolutely irresistible A side/B side one two punch. Who knew how easily a foreboding observation like Patience could lend itself over to Time Will Steal Your Heart a crunchier take on the classic Kennedy's folk rock signature.
Though over the last fifteen years we've come to expect only Maura Kennedy's best, Parade of Echoes surpasses those great expectations, revealing an artist ever true to herself still distilling that truth for herself and her listeners. Hell, isn't that the fun of these solo discs?
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