Album Review: The First by Christia Mantzke

Album Name: The First
Artist: Christia Mantzke
Year/Label: 2003 / Immutable Records

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Christia Mantzke had recorded an album that EMI wouldn’t release. Their loss is our gain. An independent label has put out her debut. She sings powerfully and makes strong pop music.

“Just Like You” is like Alanis Morissette gone experimental. Its Arabic touches spice it up.

“Conversion (Take Me now)” is a rockin’ song that proves Mantzke has a formidable voice.

“I Hate It” is a haunting ballad about a dysfunctional relationship.

“Stop Asking” echoes Morissette’s more straightforward moments in a good way. Like most of the songs here it should be on the radio.

“When I Cry” is another great slow song with great piano-playing by Mantzke.

“The First” is an excellent start for a promising new artist.

Posted on October 12, 2003

Track Listing
1. Just Like You
2. Fingers Tap
3. Conversion (Take Me Now)
4. Alone Forever
5. Bubble Gum Ball
6. I Hate It
7. Stop Asking
8. Liberties Taken
9. Any Other Way
10. Only Believe
11. Shy or Shallow
12. When I Cry
13. Chance to Live
14. Whole

[Christia Mantzke Official Site]


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