Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lizz Wright - Salt (2003)

A promising debut from a 23 year old singer/songwriter (and a fellow PK). Not really jazz, not really R&B or soul. Lizz Wright is the space between. Very low-key and laid back. Wright has an exceptional contralto voice that is more concerned with conveying emotion than trying to impress the listener with superfluous melisma. My only complaint is that most of the songs sound pretty much the same as far as tempos and arrangements. I don't know why I've never purchased any of her subsequent releases, I just haven't. Shrug. If she could ever find the perfect material and producer, she'd be as well known as Anita Baker, Oleta Adams, or Sade.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: The title track is a great 3/4 bluesy ballad followed by one of my favorite versions of Afro Blue. Also good are Eternity, Vocalise/End Of The Line, and Lead The Way. The critics love her version of Soon As I Get Home from the musical The Wiz, but while Wright's take is better than the Stephanie Mills version, I just don't think it's that great of a song. Other weak tracks are Goodbye and Silence.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I don't remember how I heard of Wright. I must have purchased this CD during my last year to teach in the public schools because I remember listening to it in my office during that year.

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