By Alex Teitz
Keri Noble is an artist to hear at any chance you can. This Minneapolis based singer-songwriter is a combination of the best of Diana Krall meeting the soul of Etta James. She is part gospel, mixed with full-blooded blues in a powerhouse of lyrics and textured vocals. Noble’s album is produced by Jeff Arundel who also performs on many of the tracks. It features notable performances by Tommy Barbarella on piano and organ; Carolyn Boulay on violin, and Kathleen & Rhonda Johnson on back-up vocals. The album contains songs written from 2005 through 2009.
Noble’s album starts off like a shot with the strong upbeat pop songs “Watch Me Walk” and “Emily.” These songs scream for the radio, but are not the best the album has to offer. “Ooh-Oh” is a soothing ballad about healing and moving forward. It recalls Simon and Garfunkel. “Red Wine ‘Til Daylight” is a romantic ballad that caresses the listener in the mood. “Go Proud” and “Life #9” are blues songs that are both hopeful and masterly composed. The true treasures on the album are “Last Warning” and “Simple Things” where Noble has few accompaniments and her textured vocals and insightful songwriting stand by themselves. For more information visit www.kerinoble.com
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