Sunday, December 2, 2012

CD Review: Antonia Vai Tells Stories Of "Lovers And Prophets"

From Sweden comes singer/songwriter Antonia Vai with two new albums which were released simultaneously. Her debut album “Lovers and Prophets” and the quick follow up album “Dirt From When The Earth Was Flat” shows how diverse Antonia is as she handled most of the instrument performances herself. Antonia is a folk singer at heart as the first notes you hear from her are the laid-back storied lyrics of “Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite" from “Lovers and Prophets.”
 
Her voice is so smooth with a tiny bit of a raspy-ness to it that gives it such a natural tone as in “Confessions of Berlin” and “Moth To The Flame.” She shows a darker side to her songwriting in “Russian Roulette,” then adds a little soul to her performance of “Time Killer.” Antonia finds her groove in “Waiting For War,” before closing her album by plugging in for the slow-burning gospel-fueled “Down The Rabbit Hole.”
 
Her album “Dirt From When The Earth Was Flat” carries a starker, acoustic sound that allows for Antonia to play more with her vocal abilities, as in “Riots” and “Dolinsko.” She even sings in her native tongue in “Pyromani (Lek inte med elden)” before diving into her story of “The Untold Tale Of Ikaros.” While most of Antonia’s recordings are perfectly fine the way they were recorded (with just an acoustic guitar), the one song I wish had a little extra put into it is the powerful “Naked And Quiet.” The message is so strong that the song should have a bigger sound than just a quiet whisper. But, there are times when less is more as in the album closer “It’s 6 In The Morning And I Think I Love You.”
 
For more information on this rising singer/songwriter, please visit antoniavai.com.

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