CD REVIEW: Ronley Teper - Ronley Teper's Lipliners
By Don Sechelski - 05/26/2009 - 09:10 PM EDT
Artist: Ronley Teper Album: Ronley Teper's Lipliners Website:http://www.ronleyteper.com Genre: Jazz-Pop, Folk Rock and Pop Technical Grade: 8/10 Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10 Songwriting Skills: 9/10 Performance Skill: 10/10 Best Songs: Vinaigrette, Lovers On Tuesday CD Review:
Ronley Teper’s Lipliners
is the latest release from Canadian artist, Ronley Teper. An eclectic
collection of charmingly quirky songs divided into two acts, Lipliners is a tasty delight. Produced
by Ronley Teper and Glen Salley, each song is a unique gem. Teper plays acoustic
guitar and sings but she’s joined by a fairly large contingent that features
Christine Bougie on electric and classical guitar, lap steel, and xylo. Ben
Bowen adds trumpet, trombone, and mellophone while Elena Kapelaris plays
baritone and tenor sax. Amy Lang brings cello, Scott Maynard plays bass, piano,
and synth, and Reade Oliver plays drums. Tom Howell and Sarah Shugarman play
violin on various tracks.
Ronley’s versatile vocal ranges from a throaty growl to a
Betty Boop baby doll. Her songs are diverse in style, subject matter, even
length. Travel Bag is a jazzy 42
second listing of the contents of her travel bag. Pointy Petals (Rose) is a sweet acoustic piece featuring tight
harmonies. Vinaigrette is a moody
instrumental. Lovers On Tuesday
features an achingly sincere vocal from Teper singing a direct honest lyric.
After a short interlude, the second part of Ronley Teper’s Lipliners begins with Faith, a 5:27 minute meditation that
builds in intensity to a choral hymn before peacefully fading away. Suddenly is a jazzy breezy song
featuring tight brass and a smooth electric lead. White Girl In Chinatown is a quirky tune that includes street
sounds from Chinatown as part of the background.
Ronley Teper’s Lipliners is an amusing, interesting CD. Part
cabaret, part jazz, part folky acoustic, part performance art, it doesn’t fit
cleanly into genres or anyone’s preconceived notions. This is music for a
discerning audience. It surprises, puzzles, and delights the listener
intermittently. I like Ronley Teper’s
Lipliners. Give it a try.
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