Album Name: Live (Stories from the Road)
Artist: Athena Reich
Year/Label: 2005 / Independent
Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds
I’ve reviewed Athena’s records before and I’ve always said there’s something theatrical about her. It’s no surprise she’s an actress, and probably a very good one.
That she starts out the record with a cute little “Hi!” is just so winsome. These songs are little slice of life episodes. Emotional, funny, often raw and sometimes scratch-your-head weird. She actually squawks in one song (I bet you can guess which one.) But I like it.
She’s a great piano player and her voice is fantastic. She’s able to go all over the map vocally and never miss a beat (or a note).
It’s fun to hear these songs in a live setting. I imagine she puts on a great show. I do hope I will get to see her live someday.
If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, but still want great songwriting and skilled instrumentation and vocals, this is one to check out.
1. Ballad of Chicken Shower
2. Money Whore
3. Bogey Man
5. Athena, Wake Up!
7. Two Matchsticks
8. Back to Canada
9. How Can I Sleep?
11. Mr. Fly
12. Duality in D
14. White Bandages