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Welcome to the EvO:R Carrera Reviews Section.
I would like to take a few minutes to introduce myself to everyone. My name is Bill
Carrera and I am the new music reviewer here at Evor. I wanted to let you know a little
about my thoughts on music. It's important to let the people that I review know how I
think of and listen to music.
First of all I believe that if your music sucks then
the world should know about it! After all, you have the nerve to charge as much for
your stuff as the majors do so it better be pretty damn good, and if it is, I'll also
tell the world. I'll hold nothing back!
Review of the band Ripe
What if Charlie’s Angels could sing? The answer to that question
is Ripe, a hot East Village based band performing at various venues
Songwriters Christa McNamee and Dan Bar Hava first joined forces
in November of 1999. Those early collaborations grew into an
eight-piece band. Christa’s vocal styling have been compared
to a Cranberries/Paula Cole/Dido mix. Dan dubs the music "progressive
pop," citing influences such as Moby and Enigma.
This time we take a look at Ripe, a band from New York City. I received
their press packet in the mail. When I opened I found many reviews, pictures
and a 3-song demo disk. If anyone has taken a look at the pictures of Ripe
you might have noticed a trio of pretty ladies. The lead singer Christa McNamee,
Leia Thompson, and Jessica Grant are the background vocalists.
A 5 guy band to round out the group.
I started listening to the demo disk on a portable player with good headphones.
I think I listened to it about 4 or 5 times and I have to admit that I was surprised
at what I heard. I was expecting an overly done pop, cookie cutter song demo. I was
impressed with the quality of the recording and I was also surprised, in the fact that
this band had a style all its own. I took the disk and then put it in my home stereo
system, that's when I realized I had jumped the gun on this band, Christa McNamee's
vocals were front and center. The sounds that were coming from the speakers imaged great.
The first song on the disk "Lets Fall in Love" had a almost 80's feel. It brought back
to me the flavor of a jazzy Cuban dance mix, but with the drive of today. The acoustic guitar
work of Seth Himmelhoch comes through the rhythm of the song.
The rest of the guys, Dan Bar Hava Keys, Dave Keen, Bass and Violin, Mattan Klien, Flute,
yes flute, Rich Zukor Drums, are a strong backdrop for the ladies vocals. The other 2
songs on the disk, "I believe", a possible radio favorite, and "Don't Go Back"
, a sultry soft song, with good harmonies, lots of feel and a good beat.
Ripe is band with drive and a sexy feel. If they can keep it together you might
see them coming to a venue near you.
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Reviews will appear in the order that CD's are sent so don't delay
as it takes a couple weeks now and we just got started!