Album Review: Wide by Gabrielle

Album Name: Wide
Artist: Gabrielle
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

The opening song, “Close” is luscious. It’s almost Celtic, a little Loreena McKennitt feel to it. Very lovely. Grand and sweeping.

The rest of the album is part this style and part lots of others as well. It would be hard to categorize this album by genre. I’m glad it’s not my job to put it on the appropriate shelf in a record store.

As I mentioned there’s the Celtic feel, but it’s also ambient, rock, pop and more.

“Neptune” sounds like a good old folk-rock song. Not as layered and deeply lush as some of the other tracks. Her voice still has that lilting quality, but the song is more general rock.

Her cover of “Time After Time” is really different. Yes, it’s the song that Cyndi Lauper made famous. Quite different from Lauper’s version, and a nice change.

It seems this is one album that isn’t sure what it wants to be. But there are lots of great sounds here. Her voice is beautiful and the songs are well written and well performed.

A nice record. I’m curious to see which direction Gabrielle takes off in. Whatever she chooses I have no doubt she will be very good at it.

Favorites: Close, She Smiles, No Sign No Sound.

Posted on November 9, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Close
2. She Smiles
3. Neptune
4. No Sign No Sound
5. Melina
6. I Know You Know
7. I See Clearly
8. Tell Me
9. Whose Life
10. Time After Time
11. Nightly

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