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Monday, November 17, 2008

Review: Boggie - Seeing Angels

Boggie - Seeing Angels
2008, Boggie Music

Boggie Dimitrova is very difficult to pigeonhole musically. The pianist, vocalist, music teacher and choir director is a musical dynamo that appears to have the ability to write and play in almost any musical style imaginable. Boggie writes, arranges and produces of all her music in her own home studio, and currently performs in the Greater Metropolitan New York area with regularity. She holds a Masters in vocal performance and has a unique vocal sound that is atypically beautiful. Her Slavic roots and accent help to form this sound, but her voice is singularly unusual; sharp yet enjoyable in a way that is simultaneously lovely and just slightly unsettling. Boggie's third album, Seeing Angels, is a low-key 1980's pop rock affair that displays strong songwriting/arranging skills, and a distinct sense for melodic interplay between voice and piano.

Seeing Angels opens with Thought About It, a swaying ballad that is lovely in composition. Thought About It is perhaps a bit cliché lyrically, but could easily fit on the soundtrack of a Brat Pack movie. Winter Blues is a gorgeous mellow blues tune that will make Norah Jones fans perk up their ears in interest. Drunk And Dizzy is an entertaining number that is reminiscent both vocally and stylistically of Nelly McKay. Seeing Angels is the first track to really embrace the 1980's radio sound. It's a sweet love song about the new feelings at the beginning of a relationship. The song is delightfully honest and unfettered with sappy cliché.

Tell Me About It may be the most commercial song here, turning from a cascading piano opening to a straight ahead rock ballad that is radio ready. Someday Somehow embraces a lite-jazz sound that doesn't quite work. Sunday Somehow is presented as an easy-listening, adult contemporary work that would really work better as a rock ballad. The song carries a lot of natural tension, but that tension is washed out a bit here by the easy-going arrangement. Cheesecake Blues is a tongue-in-cheek song about the narrator's favorite significant other. The song is well written and well performed, and destined to be a concert favorite.

Moonwalk is a darkly beautiful song. There's not a lot more I can say about it, just listen to it. To Dad is a sweet paternal ode that will hit home with listeners who have lost a parent or loved one. Other highlights include Summer Blues, Waiting, Inside My Heart and Can I Say I Love You. Boggie has certainly saved the best for last here. Can I Say I Love You is the sort of song that artists line up to put their own stamp on. It's quite conceivable that if Boggie never writes of performs again that she could make a living on the proceeds from this song.

Boggie slips seamlessly from rock to jazz to blues to neo-classical and back throughout Seeing Angels. She is an incredibly talented and versatile pianist and composer, with a distinct vocal sound that will make her instantly memorable. As with any particularly distinct vocalist (Kate Bush, Nellie McKay, Neil Young) there will be some who just won't get her voice, but it has a singular odd beauty and sweetness that gives real credibility to her daringly honest and open songwriting style. Seeing Angels is a very strong debut, and definitely worth your time.

Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Boggie, as well as purchase a copy of Seeing Angels at or You can download Boggie songs at Seeing Angels appears to be currently available only as a download.

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