Babe Gurr – SideDish
2011, Elan Records Canada
Babe Gurr continues her slow, relentless rise through the
world of folk and Americana. Her last
album, Chocolate Lilly, earned rave
reviews in both the U.S. and Canada, and led to a series of high profile
concerts in both countries. Gurr’s songs
have also been featured on a number of shows on U.S. television, including the
FOX series Higher Ground. Gurr’s songwriting has also been lauded in
venues such as the Billboard World Song Contest, the 12th Great
American Song Contest, and the Sonic Bids Nashville Song Contest, the latter of
which she won. Gurr recently released
her latest effort, SideDish, a
collection of eight originals and two covers with an international flair.
with “I’m Just Here To Dance”, a gritty tango, and Gurr’s voice is as sultry as
the dance itself. Gurr is a master
storyteller, and proves it once again here.
“Solo Mia” is an absolutely gorgeous performance, with Gurr’s earthy
alto the perfect complement to a great arrangement. “The World Is Calling” is a wonderfully dark
world/rock number that blends Middle Eastern and Western sounds in a vibrant
and driven arrangement. “I Will Be” is a
pure love song; a promise of devotion with surprisingly melancholic
undertones. The song is dark and urgent;
moving in an almost needful way.
“Voodoo Love” is bluesy, elemental folk/rock ala Bonnie
Raitt; a catchy number with an unforgettable chorus. This is Gurr at her finest. “My Love” and “Let’s Find A Way” are both
solid entries, and lead to the closer, “Rio’s Lullaby”. The song is an apt closer, a gentle goodnight
that highlights Gurr’s voice as the supreme instrument it is.
Babe Gurr’s SideDish definitely walks a different musical
line than we have heard from her in the past, but it is a worthwhile one to
follow. Gurr shows a versatility of
language and style that is unique in modern music; not just an ability to cover
different ground but a depth of perception and musical understanding that is
startling. Gurr’s voice, as always, is a
pleasure, and the journey she takes on SideDish
is one that listeners will prize.
Rating: 4 Stars
(Out of 5)
Learn more about Babe Gurr at www.babegurr.com. SideDish
is available on CD from Amazon.com. The
album is also available in multiple formats from CDBaby.com.