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CD REVIEW: Josie Falbo - Taylor Street
By Ivan Nossa - 05/24/2011 - 06:28 PM EDT

Artist: Josie Falbo
Album: Taylor Street
Genre: Jazz
Sounds Like: Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Little Jazz Bird, At Last, Oh Happy day
CD Review: Josie Falbo is an American singer from Chicago with a long and luminous career. You have probably heard her voice in jingles for major products like Coca-cola, Budwiser, Sara Lee and many many more. So no surprise if her voice sounds familiar. After many years spent singing jazz she has finally decided to put her best recording on an album and the result is this collection of 15 wonderful songs.

The title refers to the street where she grew up, to her Italian origins and the time she spent with her lovely family. You can also find pictures in the booklet.

There is really not much to say, there are absolutely no weakness we can find here. Her voice is simply superb. She is up there with the best singers, she has a bit of Patty Labelle, a bit of Barbra Streisand, a bit of Aretha Franklin. But first of all she is Josie Falbo, with her personal unique clear voice. The album is a mix of new compositions and classics. All very well recorded and arranged. Josie technique is amazing. You can use this cd to learn how to sing, what to do and especially what not to do in order to sing every tune beautifully. She also dares to sing “Ave maria” and the result is absolutely good. The powerful version of "Oh happy day" also deserves to be mentioned, one of the best I have heard. If you listen to “Little jazz bird”, a song not every singer can afford to face, you immediately realize the beauty and the perfection of her singing. Definitely one of the best singers in the world.

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