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Monica Mancini “I’ve Loved These Days” Decca 4/5 Simply crafted, exquisitely performed and artistically developed; whilst still remaining impeccably moving, true to form and joyfully sophisticated. This apt description of Mancini’s fifth album, “I’ve Loved These Days”, is sadly limited to the practical constraints of lexical styles, one must simply listen to her art, for Mancini truly has an absolutely stunning voice; the sort that lies within only the most talented artists. The material presented reflects the emotional and energetic stimulus, allowing for glimpses into her beautifully heartrending talent. “I’ve Loved These Days” is an eleven track collection with a heavy 1960s influence. Collaborations with some of the world’s most inspired musicians, this album becomes somewhat timeless. “I’ve Loved These Days”, produced by the enigmatic Phil Ramone and his producing partner Gregg Field, presents us with a number Katrina Leskanich “The Live Album” Katrina’s Web 4/5 Katrina Leskanich’s career can certainly be described as colourful. The Kansas girl shot to fame and fortune as lead singer of Katrina & The Waves in the 1980s and saw a brief career revival in 1997 after winning the Eurovision Song Contest with “Love Shine A Light”. Since then, Karina has split from the waves and dabbled in both presenting and acting, alongside a consistent if not remarkable solo career. Superhumanoids “Urgency E.P.” Hit City USA 3/5 The quarter of an hour that it takes to listen to “Urgency” is arguably not wasted at all. Superhumanoids are an LA four piece who say that some of the driving forces behind their sound include The Beach Boys, The Strokes, The Chills and Kate Bush. However, the sound is something different, something unique to them. As the listener you become acutely aware that even though the tracks are low-key affairs with no fireworks, the space they create does not lack urgency. ‘Persona’ as an opening track to your first EP is pretty good. Followed up by the more direct ‘Cranial Contest’ which is a great example of what the Superhumanoids are all about. They provide you with a light, airy look at the world, redefining what pop really is. The mixture of harmony, both vocal and instrumental, and the use

of handpicked world class musicians surrounding Monica. Her fellow artists bring a contemporary perspective to these classic songs. On “I’ve Loved These Days”, Mancini is also joined by the same orchestra, arranged and conducted by Jorge Calandrelli, who she has also collaborated with when creating the album to Cinema Paradiso. This wonderfully created album celebrates all that inspired her creativity, the artists and musicains whom had a profound impact on Mancini’s musicianship; including Lennon & McCartney, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Jackson Browne, Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Billy Joel and Janis Ian. These songs are stunning in their vision and musical scope. It is certainly an album of many brilliant pieces, rather than just one or two reasonable tracks. It achieves this through its deeply personal perspective and insight into Mancini’s musical ideal. It is ultimately an investment, rather than a simple purchase of a CD. Alex Wolverson However, Katrina’s fans have stayed loyal keeping Katrina’s career afloat. As a thank you, Katrina has released a live album with royalties given to both Samaritans and Bring Change To Mind Charities. The live forum is perfect for Katrina. Her dynamic vocal and energy shine through on a colourful recorded. Naturally “Walking On Sunshine” and “Love Shine A Light” shine the brightest but the heartfelt “Holly” is also tingle inducing. Katrina’s recording is worthy reward for her dedicated fans. Jeremy Williams of electronica over the background merely adds to the space that the listener finds themselves in. That’s the first half of the EP, the second half then takes a couple of turns. The tempo rises, and the more historical influences come to bear, with both ‘Contemporary Individual’ and ‘Simple Severin’ lacking that sense of emptiness and space form the first half of the EP. The Superhumanoids were set up as an electronic experiment to escape the everyday of the everyday. In some ways they have managed this, particularly the first few tracks on this EP, however the end of the EP doesn’t feel right. That in itself doesn’t change how different the sound is, it is individual and there is a real sense of urgency about the EP without confusing the listener. Worth a listen? – quite definitely. Constantinos Kypridemos

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The Kaje is all about the arts - from the upcoming and underground through to the commercial mainstream. Issue 3 takes a look at: Ballet Boy...

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The Kaje is all about the arts - from the upcoming and underground through to the commercial mainstream. Issue 3 takes a look at: Ballet Boy...

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