Album Name: And How
Artist: Xanda Howe
Year/Label: 2004 / songphonic records ltd
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
With all the folk/jazz/country I’ve been hearing lately, “And How” is a real refreshing twist.
It’s hard to describe the music, as it’s not really a specific genre. “Knowing Eyes” sounds almost electronica, then “And How” comes on and it’s total pop. Then we have the third song, “Driving Me Mad” which is techno-pop/disco. It would be a hit with the “Queer Eye…” crowd.
She also shows her softer side on “Feel You” and “My Beautiful Friend” (which has a great beat and interesting guitar parts) as well as some other soft ones. She has a gift for being both AAA and disco, which I don’t believe I’ve ever heard before in one artist.
Howe has a sweet voice to go with her sweet looking face…she’s cute enough to have been a Spice Girl a few years back (and I don’t mean that as an insult. I didn’t care for their music, but they sure were cute!)
She closes with a remake of Tom Waits’ “Time” which at first seems strange to take a song originally sung by a hardened whiskey voiced man and give it to a lovely, sweet girl voice, but it works. And it works well. She makes this song her own.
Stand Out songs: “My Beautiful Friend”, “Evening” and “Warm Poison”.
Posted on May 10, 2004
1. Knowing Eyes
2. And How
3. Driving Me Mad
4. Feel You
5. My Beautiful Friend
7. How Do I Love Thee
8. Warm Poison
9. Midnight Poet
10. Feel You (chillout)
11. Sugar’s Running Out
Rating: 5 Stars
Comment: Well what an amazing C.D.! It really has got something for everyone! What is really refreshing is that this girl can sing! In my eyes she puts many of the current artists to shame with her perfect vocals. She looks stunning and has a unique image too. What more could you want from an artist???
name: Emma Butterworth on Friday, October 22, 2004