FAME Review: Gaby Moreno - Illustrated Songs
Gaby Moreno - Illustrated Songs

Illustrated Songs

Gaby Moreno

Available from Amazon.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This Guatemalan singer/songwriter truly knows no borders; her music crosses boundaries of language, she sings equally well in two; crosses cultures, displaying commonalities of her home country and American ways of life; and it fuses musical genres and does so with style and grace. Shifting between English and Spanish, blues, pop, jazz, and Latin styles, she is a good reflection of America's, and the world's, growing cross culturalism. Her soulful vocals alternate smoothly between the languages and the styles of folk, alt-country, blues, soul, and rock, she has the power and grace to make a serious impact right now. Illustrated Songs, is a very appropriate title for this young singers new album.

Gaby co-produced the disc as well as either writing or co-writing all of the songs; she also plays acoustic and electric guitar, and sings some backup as well as the lead vocals. She has a stellar group of musicians recording with her including people such as Greg Leisz on electric and lap steel guitars, Patrick Warren on keys, Sebastian Aymanns on bass, and Leslie Lowe on guitars. There are times when she sounds so jazzy that she would fit right onto a Stan Getz / Joao Gilberto disc, and other times she sound like she should be doing some soul shouting a la Aretha Franklin. Listen to Ave que Emigra, very roughly translated "Is there Immigration" taken from her experience when she emigrated to the States, a song that starts out like a 60's folk song and swings into a sort of Latin Bo Diddley beat, however done mostly on acoustic instruments. This is a creative interesting and very refreshing disc from a songwriter who has a unique perspective and offers it up no holds barred.

Track List:

  • Intento
  • Mess A Good Thing
  • Y Tu Sombra
  • Garrick
  • Mean Old Circus
  • Interludio
  • Fin
  • Ave Que Emigra
  • Sing Me Life
  • Lejos
  • No Regrets
  • Daydream By Design

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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