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Type of music generally:
Evocative/eclectic, somewhat fierce altpop/rock
Most recent release, Neither Here Nor There (2009)
Own, occasional co-writing
Mostly piano-based pop, almost story-song compositions, and sweet (but can belt it) vocals add up to something that feels a little different, though with strong roots in contemporary pop, prog rock, all over the map. Some songs seem hauntingly familiar, some strangely almost show-tune like. So yes, there's a variety here, a number of directions this young talented artist could go or continue to integrate. She has made a strong start. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Recommended first album:
Private School is the only one we've heard
Eleisha Eagle—vocals, piano, Wurlitzer, keyboards
Donnie Boutwell—percussion, programming, guitar
An intriguing album that has a scent of the concept album about it, especially give the whole "Private School" thing and the credits being set up to look like a high school annual and the lyrics like comments written in it...but it's not quite. The music is a mix of inventiveness and familiar themes (as are the lyrics). Overall this shows a ton of promise, some of it already realized. "Fe Fi Fo Fum", "Catholic School Girl" and "Darla" are particularly fun. My personal favourites are two of the most piano-based, the insistent "Side of the Fence" where Eagle really shows off the flexibility of her voice and "Flowers". Probably the only track I don't like is the official closer (there's a hidden track, "Birthday") called "Wonderful", where her voice and the lyrics get rather—well, whiny, actually. That's the exception, though—this album is well worth a listen. (email@example.com)
Thanks to Sophia Gurley for work on this entry.
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