Album Review: All the Stars by Maya Flyer

Album Name: All the Stars
Artist: Maya Flyer
Year/Label: 2004 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

What strikes me first is that lead singer, Lisa Hirst Carnes has a really pleasing voice. She makes singing sound effortless, and I know it’s not.

“Day & Night” has a bit of rap on it, which I can usually live without, but it sounds pretty good here. For the most part, I’d categorize this as dreamy piano rock with a little folk thrown in.

“Erin Takes the A-Train” is really pretty and reminds me a little of Brit pop group Everything But the Girl.

“Annie’s Stand” and “Walls In Tennessee” are a little more folksy. The whistle in the background on “Annie’s Stand” gives it a 70s feel (or is that just me?)

Throughout, Carnes’ voice is very consistently spot on and the songs are well written pop.

This is a really nice recording from a band I knew nothing about but am glad I now do! They are based in Minneapolis (where I am) so hopefully I’ll be able to see them live sometime.

Posted on August 17, 2005

Track Listing
Listen to track samples
1. Day & Night
2. Chanting What My Grandpa Heard
3. Buster
4. Queen of All the Stars
5. One Fine Thing
6. Erin Takes the A-Train
7. Perfectly Clear
8. Annie’s Stand
9. Walls In Tennessee
10. Desert of Love
11. The Word

[Maya Flyer Official Site]


Rating: 4 Stars
Comment: fabulous sound, truly inspiring. Thank you!
name: Simon Chancery on Friday, October 21, 2005.

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