Thursday, June 19, 2008
CD Review: Ella Blame - Bitter Tears
Ella Blame - Bitter Tears
2008, Ella Blame et. al.
Ella Blame is sort of a free form artist. To listen to her songs is like watching a painter with canvas with a pre-filled background paint in the lead antagonist in his/her portrait. Bitter Tears is full of interesting song poems where Ella Blame is more of a narrator than performer.
Ella's voice soars and darts like that of the great Kate Bush. She is an ethereal performer. In general, however, I had a hard time with the material here. There were exceptions, such as A Thousand Kisses and Bitter Tears. The bulk of my issue here is the lack of structure or form to the songs. For me this is kind of a deal breaker for a CD. Luckily there are tons of fans out there more into the free-form music/improvisation artform.
Ella Blame is mesmerizing vocally, and the material on Bitter Tears is interesting even in light of the structure issue. Consider this more of a personality conflict than a rejection, because there is a lot here to like. Fans of free-form electronica and improvisation are going to eat this up; likewise fans of Kate Bush or other ethereal-voiced artists. The other comparison that comes to mind is Milla Jovovich, who has played around in similar musical genres and has a similarly unique voice. Give Ella Blame a listen. It will be hit or miss, but I promise you. If it hits you you'll be thanking me.
Rating: 3.5 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Ella Blame at www.ella-blame.com. You can purchase a copy of Bitter Tears at www.cdbaby.com/ellablame2.