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CD Review: NATALIE GELMAN - Streetlamp Musician

NATALIE GELMAN
Streetlamp Musician
One More Thing - Long Stemmed Roses - Most The While - The Lion - Streetlamp Musician - Laugh So Hard You Cry
 
I like all kinds of music, my favorite being old-time that still harbors the original 'personal' approach to writing and performing good music.  Natalie Gelman is a surprise to me.  She's in a 'modern' vein, BUT the manner in which she sings, very heartfelt and very 'real,' just as it used to be is very impressive.  There is so much pre-prepared all done in the studio perfected music today, it's nearly impossible to find the really good 'creators' of good 'real' music.  Here it is, though it is definitely not 'old-time' it definitely holds the light high in keeping sincerity and honesty in the music, not just the words either, the music, and her entire presentation is very heart-felt, and I feel it really well. Even more interesting is Natalie is a California girl, did this recording at the Ballroom Studios in Los Angeles.  It never ceases to amaze me how young writers and performers 'find' their sound.  Being a long-time addict of older styles of music, this particular project is a very very easy one to listen to, and easier to like.  The 'mix' is really good throughout, but the part that stands out, just as it should, is the voice of Natalie Gelman.  She doesn't hold back anything, her feelings, her style, her ability is right there smacking you in the ears.  "Streetlamp Musician" is not one of Natalie's solo originals, it was co-written with Javier Colon and Mark Needham, and in my mind a 'classic' older style of real 'everything's going to be all right' kind of message no matter the sorrow or the no hope for tomorrow. It's on the bluesy style, but incredibly well done.  This is my best pick on this album of a wonderful listening experience. This young singer has had a lot of help along the way, and she takes the time to thank those who have supported and bolstered her music career.  I love the way she uses her voice in the last song, almost nearing a yodel in the vocal falsetto style. Great work Natalie, I'm going to forward your CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission to see what they think.  They are more interested in old-time sounds, but who knows they might hear what I hear.  Good luck.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART,  www.music-savers.com  National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International

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