Album Review: How to Stand in the Rain by Elana Arian

Album Name: How to Stand in the Rain
Artist: Elana Arian
Year/Label: 2007 / Independent

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I reviewed Elana’s previous release, Forward, and the only thing I didn’t like about it was that it was too short. So I’m very happy to get a full length record from this very talented singer and songwriter.

She has a fabulous way with melodies. I am always impressed when songwriters come up with melodies that are unexpected. Writing songs is hard! I know this, this is why I am a fan, not an artist.

I especially love how she takes some chances with style. She’s not all folk or pop. Here We Go Again is almost rock-a-billy and it’s wonderful. Because of You also has a bit of a different old tymie swingin’ feel. She’s very proficient at all these styles. The piano on the latter is amazing.

I am simply adoring this record. I’m actually not sure why this woman is not already famous. She has a fantastic voice, writes incredible songs and plays a plethora of instruments. Record lables, are you listening?!

Some other stand outs are Still Here and the opening track Jessies Song….and Metaphor You is jaw-dropping. Just…*sigh* What a way to end a fantabulous album.

Posted on May 18, 2007

Track Listing
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1. Jessie’s Song
2. In Every Moment
3. Here We Go Again
4. Coming Home
5. Still Here
6. Because Of You
7. You Are A Song
8. All Around
9. I Know What You’re Doing
10. Sweet Memory
11. Metaphor You

[Elana Arian Official Site]


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