SINGLE REVIEW: Tara Mathew “He Said, She Said”

Release Date: 30th August 2010

At the age of only 15, Tara Mathew was selected to sing at the opening ceremony of the 1997 Canada Games. With credentials like that you know instantly that Tara has “the voice.”

Tara lists her influences as the great Bette Midler, Ella Fitzgerald, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Lauryn Hill to name a few, and it is certainly easy to hear hints of all of the above in her soulful voice.

“She Said, He Said” is a fun, pop and r ‘n’ b influenced track. The upbeat track captures  a sound that is popular in both continents.  A catchy chorus will have you singing along, as Tara warns us that “the tongue is like a razor blade”. The sound may not be original but Tara sits well in the pop and r ‘n’ b niche, and it’s hard to find fault with her vocal talents.

The album follows in the autumn, which is sure to have a collection of equally catchy tracks, written by yet another talented singer/songwriter. If you like Mariah and Leona, go out a buy a copy. If you don’t, then this is not the record for you!

Rating:  3/5

Kim Harrell

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Ballet Boyz “We are not superstars with sunglasses and fur-coats.”
Xander Bliss
“When I was young I thought art was all about money and snobbery but it isn’t.”
The Good Natured “I like it when an artist makes things personal.”
Craig Houston “We have such limited time on this planet, why waste it?”
Lail Arad “Nothing has felt like this is the moment that has completely changed my life.”
Giorgio Faletti “Luck is an essential component of success.”
Ingrid Michaelson “Be a musician because you can not be anything else.”
Monica Mancini “It was my mother, who was a singer, who really inspired me to do what I do.”
Max Hardberger “I get a chance to risk my life as much as I want.”
Graffiti 6 “We had that connection and decided to explore it.”
Dawn Foster “We have a responsibility to treat our fellow man with dignity and respect.”
Yetunde “I always describe my sound as my emotions.”

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Album: Delta Goodrem “Innocent Eyes”
Book: Ernest Hemingway “A Moveable Feast”
Film: The Piano
Jason Newton’s Life Lessons: “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”
Designer of the Month: Helen Woodward Design
Steal My Style: Tyler
The Way I Saw It: Las Vegas

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Albums: Seth Lakeman “Heart + Minds”, Stuart Newman “Single But Defective”, Monica Mancini “I’ve Loved These Days”, Katrina Leskanich “The Live Album”, Superhumanoids “Urgency E.P.”
Singles of The Month: Graffiti 6 “Annie, You Save Me”, Subset “Ambrosia”
Live Music: Lissie, Leona Lewis, Keane, Natalie Merchant
Theatre: Fresh Meat, Desert Boy, Dangerous, Amateur Transplants
DVD: Lovely Bones, Valentine’s Day, Clash Of The Titans, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Books: David Nobbs “Obstacles To Young Love”, Sam Bourne “The Chosen One”, Lindsey Kelk “I Heart Paris”, Rachel Tresize “Sixteen Shades Of Crazy”

LIVE REVIEW: Gabriella Cilmi, LG Arena, Birmingham, 08.06.2010

File:Gabriella Cilmi at the Godiva Festival.jpgThe Melbourne born singer is currently the support act on the UK leg of Leona Lewis’ Labyrinth Tour.

At the relatively young age of 18 this talented young lady has already clocked up two albums and won numerous awards and accolades in her native Australia, as well as receiving her first ever BRIT nomination in 2009 for Best  International Female.

Bursting onto stage in little more than a shiny sequined silver and purple playsuit she launched into songs from her new album “Ten”. It can often be quite intimidating for a support act, knowing that they are just the brief interlude until the person that the crowd are really there to see takes to the stage, but Ms Cilmi seemingly took it all in her stride. With only a small four piece band for accompaniment, she commanded the stage during her half hour set.

Her latest album “Ten” is in stark contrast to her debut “Lessons to Be Learned”, and is filled with mainly uptempo pop songs including the single “Man on a Mission” and “Hearts Don’t Lie”, both tunes which had your toes tapping and this reviewer wishing that there was a dance floor near by! The tempo was only brought down with the performance of her hit single “Sweet About Me”.

In the short space of time she was on stage  I’m certain Gabriella managed to win over some new fans, and is definitely a support act worthy of her own headline show. In a smaller venue than the Birmingham LG Arena perhaps……?

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Kim Harrell

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