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CD REVIEW: Talia Segal - Nonprophet
By Chip Withrow - 08/14/2007 - 10:43 PM EDT

Artist: Talia Segal
Album: Nonprophet
Genre: Folk/Rock
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Anna Joy, Pretty Little Lies, Boy Wonder
CD Review: In the five songs on Nonprophet, Talia Segal delivers stirring, soulful folk rock. She sings her poetic yet direct lyrics with a voice that is a soaring marvel. Her backing band is crisp and potent, and two instrumentalists in particular stand out: cellist Nioka Workman and Hammond organist Zach Abramson provide big, bold washes of tension and release. 

The EP's simple, pretty acoustic guitar-and-vocal intro flows into the dramatic “Been There,” a percussive number that builds and takes off on the strength of Talia’s emotive voice. The following “Boy Wonder” is even more rocking, with another thrilling vocal turn, particularly in the chorus.  

The bouncy-yet-wistful “Pretty Little Lies” is better than most folk rock radio hits. Talia has a gift for writing brilliant choruses, and this one is her best on the EP. The disc’s smoky ballad, “You Told Me So,” is vulnerable, yearning, and wise.

The last cut, “Anna Joy,” is one of the most delightfully peppy songs I’ve heard in a while, a giddy anthem for those who have had to pretend to be someone they are not in order to fit in. (And isn’t that most of us? So check out this tune – it will buoy your spirit.)

This fine EP is a wake-up call – it shows that Talia Segal is forging her own identity and exploring different musical vibes at the same time.

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