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     CD title - Book Cover Judge
    by Cathy Muir
    Reviewed by Charles Harrelson

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    CD title - Book Cover Judge
    by Cathy Muir
    Review by Charles Harrelson

    What can I say about a near perfect CD? Kathy's voice is crisp and prestine, the music is well written and the production was spot on. As a singer-songwriter Kathy knows what she likes to sing and write about. She is well aware of what suits her voice. While comfortable playing acoustic pop, her jazz /blues influences weave through many of her songs. Her vocal and lyrical style remains singular and instantly identifiable: an expressive range that is soft, intimate and upbeat with a natural, unforced delivery.

    It has often been suggested to Indie artist's the first three songs need to be the best three. Don't begin the CD with some slow mood alternating chord progression that takes 3-4 minutes to develop. As an Indie artist you have to envision the "elevator sales pitch." You have to pitch your product (or music) before the elevator reaches it's destination. Simply put, get to the point. Cathy does just that with the opening track 'Head Down.' Not to waste a precious second getting to the point Cathy starts off the CD with a full force acoustic pop tune. "Starts off" is an understatement as this song gets right to the point once the CD loads. No waiting to take a deep breath or let the music fade in. The song starts like a train wreck and never allows the listener a chance to catch his/her breath until track 2. Her rich articulate voice combined with her fabulous control of the guitar provides the listener with a well rehearshed performance on every track.

    Althought Cathy seems most comfortable playing acoustic pop, she does tend to add her jazz and blues influences through a number of her songs. Her vocal range is soft yet powerful. Lyrically, Cathy can be introspective as well as outwardly positive. In one instance she sang about the simplicity of just wanting a "cold beer."

    This CD was one of the best recordings I have listened to this year. The mix was simple yet complex at times. The studio producer allowed the vocals the ability to breath without distracting from the supporting instruments. When you combine the power of a great female vocalist with a top knotch backing band you have the formula for something breathtaking. Even when you have an all-star cast working together something can get lost in the studio. Not the case here. I tip my hat to every person involved with this project.

    The Music:
      /   Head Down  /   Soul Lover  /   Keep on Walking  /   You're on My Mind  /   Lover's Eyes  /   Back to You  /   Always Forever  /   I Will Be There  /   You and Me Both  /   Seattle Mornin'  /   Ride These Times  /   Softly   /  

    The Studio:
    As mentioned earlier, this was one of the top recordings I have listened to this year. The instruments were sparse at times leaving you in an intimate surrounding with the amazing voice of Cathy Muir and her expressive acoustic guitar. Some of the tracks had a full band to accompany Cathy and the band was an all-star team of true professionals. I have listened to this CD a number of times and the songs just get better every time.
    Aside from the minor issue of the CD not loading a couple times I have nothing but praise for this work of art. What might be missing is the one song that puts the CD over the top. I didn't hear that "Taylor Swift" mega hit on this offering but I heard plenty of good music.
    9.5/10 Stars

    As Reviewed by Charles Harrelson

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