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CD REVIEW: Deborah Henrriksson - The Hearts' City
By Cyrus Rhodes - 04/18/2012 - 01:18 PM EDT

Artist: Deborah Henrriksson
Album: The Hearts' Cry
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Sounds Like: Loreena McKennitt, Sara McLaughlin, Enja
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Only a Womans Heart, My Love is like a Red Red Rose
Weakness: Short Sided CD, lack of rhythm section
CD Review: American born, Sweedish based Singer Deborah Henrriksson just released her latest CD entitled The Hearts’ Cry. Reading from her bio - Working with Swedish producer Mats Nyman, Deborah has crafted vocal lines that are inseparable from the soundscapes which support her beautiful renditions of songs by Loreena McKennitt, Eleanor McEvoy, Moya Brennan and 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns.

The CD gently lifts off with a solitary intro of Track 1 “Snow.” This song gently leads you by the hand with it's Celtic musical landscape that serves up inviting instrumentation, well-crafted musical touches and heartfelt vocals from Henrriksson. Track 2 keeps thing moving in the Celtic  direction with the passionate “My Lagan Love.” This piece presents striking intro against passionate low end feel and vocal tandems with passionate musical delivery that flows and ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition. Track 3: “Ae Find Kiss” shows us even more musical depth from Henrriksson and company against mesmerizing piano flow agsint thought proviking lyrical content. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical textures reminiscent of classic Celtic Folk, Classical, and even Orchestral Pop reminiscent of Enja, Sara McLaughlin, and Loreena McKennitt. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar and what you would expect from a CD like this. You will also notice lush layers musical instrumentation layered everywhere which includes exotic orchestral elements, Celtic Whistles, Piano, Guitars, Strings, Keyboards and and Synthesizer and. Zeroing in now on Henrriksson let me go on record and say she has a very appealing vibratto and timber. Her singing is highly passionate and makes the vital (artist to listener) emotional connection with her voice. Henrriksson and company execute a few pin drop moments as well clearly proving he is an artist worthy of your attention within the sonic space. This CD has something for just about everyone. This CD ends with my favorite track: “Only a Woman’s Heart” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.

It’s fair to say with just 5 tracks in the line-up this album feels more like an EP rather than a full-length release. Perhaps 4-5 more tracks are needed to make this experience more complete. The rhythm section is a bit thin and somewhat lacking. Things like a standard drum kit, Bodhran, Celtic Percussion, Timpani, Snare, Bells, Tambourine would build a more solid rhythmic foundation for the music to rest upon. Imight also add this could also be done without compromising the Orchestral feel of the music.

From start to The Hearts’ Cry. by Deborah Henrriksson is an impressive catalogue of music. All pieces are short and sweet musical experiences, each one possessing its own signature groove and musical personality to call its own. The playing abilities of everyone involved is above the bar. Last but not least the vocal presence Henrriksson is intoxicating. At the end of the day it’s a fascinating snapshot of an artist that has the courage to bare her heart to the world.

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