Album Review: Sparkler by Vanessa Peters

Album Name: Sparkler
Artist: Vanessa Peters
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

Austin’s Vanessa Peters has released a really nice album. I guess the genre would be folk/pop but not the kind of pop that’s fluffy or trite. I only say “pop” because folk/rock makes me think Ani DiFranco and this is not that. This is more Adult Alternative (with a tiny twinge of Americana). Think more Shawn Colvin, Dar Williams… Anyway, it’s good.

The songs are well-written with nice melodies and instrumentation. Vanessa’s voice is friendly familiar yet unique. She really doesn’t sound like anyone else I can think of.

I love that in the credits it credits a couple of people who played the “cognac glass”.

“Hooked” has a different rhythm that separates it form the other songs.

Other stand out songs are “Rather Bad Day” and “Wait for Me” which has some really pretty finger-picking.

“Sparkler” is a debut worthy of attention.

Posted on September 9, 2003

Track Listing
1. You’re Losing Me
2. I Wanted to Ask You
3. July
4. Rather Bad Day
5. Easy
6. It’s Been a Long Time
7. Hooked
8. Nothing I Should Cry About
9. You Still Wait For Me
10. After I’m Gone
11. Sparkler
12. Too Far Gone

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[Vanessa Peters Official Site]


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