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CD Review: NATALIE GELMAN – Streetlamp Musician


Streetlamp Musician
One More Thing – Long Stemmed Roses – Most The While – The Lion – Streetlamp Musician – Laugh So Hard You Cry
I like all kinds of music, my favorite being old-time that
still harbors the original ‘personal’ approach to writing and performing
good music.  Natalie Gelman is a surprise to me.  She’s in a ‘modern’
vein, BUT the manner in which she sings, very heartfelt and very ‘real,’
just as it used to be is very impressive.  There is so much
pre-prepared all done in the studio perfected music today, it’s nearly
impossible to find the really good ‘creators’ of good ‘real’ music. 
Here it is, though it is definitely not ‘old-time’ it definitely holds
the light high in keeping sincerity and honesty in the music, not just
the words either, the music, and her entire presentation is very
heart-felt, and I feel it really well. Even more interesting is Natalie
is a California girl, did this recording at the Ballroom Studios in Los
Angeles.  It never ceases to amaze me how young writers and performers
‘find’ their sound.  Being a long-time addict of older styles of music,
this particular project is a very very easy one to listen to, and easier
to like.  The ‘mix’ is really good throughout, but the part that stands
out, just as it should, is the voice of Natalie Gelman.  She doesn’t
hold back anything, her feelings, her style, her ability is right there
smacking you in the ears.  “Streetlamp Musician” is not one of Natalie’s
solo originals, it was co-written with Javier Colon and Mark Needham,
and in my mind a ‘classic’ older style of real ‘everything’s going to be
all right’ kind of message no matter the sorrow or the no hope for
tomorrow. It’s on the bluesy style, but incredibly well done.  This is
my best pick on this album of a wonderful listening experience. This
young singer has had a lot of help along the way, and she takes the time
to thank those who have supported and bolstered her music career.  I
love the way she uses her voice in the last song, almost nearing a yodel
in the vocal falsetto style. Great work Natalie, I’m going to forward
your CD to the Rural Roots Music Commission to see what they think. 
They are more interested in old-time sounds, but who knows they might
hear what I hear.  Good luck.
RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART,  www.music-savers.com  National Traditional Country Music Association for Country Music News International

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