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  •  The Bill Carrera CD Reviews

    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!
    Bill Carrera

     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 in NYC.

    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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  • Charlie Harrelson
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    8021 Sunset Dr
    Yalaha, Fl.
    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!

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