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CD REVIEW: Orly Forman and Yagel Sulchiner - Orly
By Cyrus Rhodes - 04/18/2012 - 03:11 PM EDT

Artist: Orly Forman and Yagel Sulchiner
Album: Orly
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Folk/Jazz/Soul
Sounds Like: Feist, Edie Brickell, Natalie Merchant
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Boy on a Hill, Where did it all go, Waiting
Weakness: Short Sided CD
CD Review: Boston based Acoustic couple/dou Orly (Orly Forman and Yagel Sulchiner) releases their latest selftitled CD in 2012. Originally from Israel this duo is not stringer to the music business having recently won first prize in the Folk Category of the USA Songwriting Competition for their composition “Boy On A Hill” first prize at SWSW - first place in the Folk category.  

The CD gently takes to flight with “My Oh My” a dynamic intro piece that serves up methodical intro against well placed Celtic fretwork and hooky vocal melody from Forman. Track 2 “Boy on a Hill” keeps thing grooving with its impressive groove, mesmerizing instrumentation and amazing Celtic ambience that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 3 “Options” shifts gears with bluesy rock groove that delivers impressive Hammond Organ chops against heartfelt vocal delivery and well palced Horn section l. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic Feist, Edie Brickell, Mazzy Star, Natalie Merchant. The music itself is an impressive blend of Celtic Folk and Rock elements with an alternative rock aftertaste. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Besides the 4 piece standard you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive Celtic fretwork, Cello, Strings, lush harmonies, Banjo, Horn Section, Mandolin, impressive keyboard accents against en earthy rhythmic section. Turning our attention squarely on Orly and Yagel - l they fit together like a hand in glove. Both take many vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a song and confident musical ability. Above all both are in prefect musical harmony with the other in a deep way. Forman possesses a unique and infectious vocal persona that is both mystifying and infectious. He vocal style reminds me of a cross between Bjork and Natalie Merchant. Her falsetto is to die and her vocal emotions are gripping. This band handles all the pin drop mements extermely well. The songwriting is brilliant and provides a lot of musical variety and emotion. I can honestly say I was entertained the entire time, with never a dull moment to be found. From heartfelt “Where did It all go” to thought provoking “She Walks Away” to passionate “You Were My Sun” to compelling “Waiting” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “The Earth” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.  

It’s had to find solid weakness with this CD. Track 5 feels like an incomplete statement to me. This CD showcases 9 amazing songs however at the end of the day it’s far to say perhaps 2 or 3 more pieces are needed to make it a “fully Loaded”  full length release.

From start to finish this latest release from Orly is an impressive catalogue of music. The music is very consistent, well-crafted and extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalogue. The production strokes: writing and playing abilities of these 2 are rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with rich conventional wisdom. The vocal presence of both Orly and Yagel are world class. Reading from the bio" "She shares with us the highs of love, the pain of loss, the feelings of regret and self-doubt." Indeed life is not a dress rehearsal - either is the music of Orly.

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