REVIEW: ‘A Work Of Art’ – Lisabel

Lisabel – “A Work Of Art”

Dear Lisabel. The lovely singer-songwriter who we have been bringing to you on a regular basis for some time now with her many single releases, has finally committed them and many other tracks to her debut album, “A Work Of Art”. And it’s certainly that! For anyone that’s a fan of exquisite, easy listening pop, you’re in for a treat. Since Lisabel entered the scene with her smooth and cool debut, “Green Jade“, we’ve been treated to gems like the jazzy “Stars Dance“, the sexy “If Not Me, Who?” and the Jamiroquai-esque “You’re My Relief“, all of which are present here.

“A Work Of Art” kicks off with some pouring rain and an owl hooting as we launch into the dreamy “Salamander Souls”. This is a perfect set up for the rest of the album to follow as we move into a more gorgeous late night jazz mood with “My Mister K”. Lisabel‘s voice is already proving deliciously smooth as it weaves its way through each melody and this continues with “No More Blues (I’m Free)”. The already mentioned “You’re My Relief” is up next and is followed by the title track, which Lisabel teams up with producer Nikola Kovačević for a more uptempo number which is full of atmosphere and allows Lisabel to really stretch her voice towards the end. Definitely a standout!

A trio of previously released number follows, with “Green Jade“, “Stars Dance” and “If Not Me, Who?” before we get the next unheard track, “For Your Love I Cry”, stripped back with just Lisabel and an electric guitar once again affording Lisabel to ‘release’ THAT voice! “Let Them Give You” is another whisp of smoke, very much in the style of “My Mister K”. You can just feel the mood in the late night bar location as Lisabel entertains and moves hearts and minds. Lisabel states that “Blue” is her favourite colour. Well this is one of my favourite songs on the album, “Blue” is sumptuous as well as being ever so delicate and herein lies another ‘work of art’. The tempo is retained for “A Little Bit Of Jealousy”, the sassiest number on the album, which Lisabel clearly relishes and you get the feeling she really wants to break out into something larger and more extravagant.

Back to more album standard harmonies with “What Do You Need?” as we begin to wind down this performance and the night becomes the early morn. But not before Lisabel sings us a lullaby with “Dear Moon” to make sure we all get off to sleep safely and soundly. Dreamy and sublime, “Dear Moon” is the perfect end to this classy, sophisticated debut that will appeal to a more refined and learned connoisseur. This is not pop nor is it dance, but a chilled and silky product that showcases the talent and vocal style of one Lisabel Biscaldi, who we are honoured to know and present to you, hopefully, for some time to come. Night night.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!