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CD REVIEW: Carla Ulbrich - Live From Outer Space
By Don Sechelski - 03/28/2010 - 05:19 PM EDT

Artist: Carla Ulbrich
Album: Live From Outer Space
Label: Romantic Devil Records
Genre: parody, comedy
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Duet With A Klingon, One Good Song, If I Had The Copyright
CD Review:

Self described, “professional smart aleck”, Carla Ulbrich has released a CD, Live From Outer Space, that perfectly showcases her comic wit and beautifully understated guitar work. Recorded before an audience at the Sirius XM Radio Performance Theater, Live From Outer Space demonstrates Ulbrich’s comic ease and timing with between song patter and snippets of partial parodies.

I smiled from the very beginning. Ulbrich’s southern accent and insightful wit are very engaging. Her song parodies range from silly to raunchy and stuck in my head long after the music stopped. It’s hard to settle on a favorite song.  Duet With A Klingon was an early favorite but after repeated listening, I found myself leaning toward What If Your Butt Was Gone. And lately I’ve been singing If I Had The Copyright On The Word #%@&.

Throughout the CD, other than her duet with a Klingon, it’s Ulbrich alone on stage with her guitar and she fills the space very well.  Her guitar work is versatile and artfully understated. Her vocals are clear with just the right amount of wise-guy insouciance. Her between song monologues include stories about coffee enemas and hilarious bad song ideas.

I love Live From Outer Space. I’ve listened to it repeatedly and played it for friends and family. How can you go wrong with a girl who is not afraid to sing the phrase, “hiding the salami”? And it doesn’t hurt that her go-go booted cartoon image on the CD cover has an “I Dream Of Jeanie” hotness.  Live From Outer Space is a lot of fun. If you like song parodies that will make you laugh out loud, check out Live From Outer Space.

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