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Carrie Ann Inaba

Promises

Review by Gary Hill

I will confess to ignorance about Carrie Ann Inaba. Apparently she’s quite a famous person, mostly for her dancing. Well, that’s kind of out of my range of expertise. I can, however, tell you about this EP she released. It’s an intriguing disc with three very distinct and individual songs. We get one dance tune that’s actually really meaty for that type of music, one mellow ballad and one cut that comes close to being progressive rock. This is actually quite a good release and has me wanting to hear more.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Promises
At about six and a half minutes in length, this is a dance tune. It’s very catchy and features jazz elements along with a driving rhythm section. The main musical line that powers this is extremely tasty and it has some intriguing vocal arrangements. I almost get a Blondie vibe at times on here, but with more jazz and R & B in the mix. This includes both some killer funk guitar and some great saxophone in the course of the jam.
All of the Memories
In a definite change of pace we get a pretty and very gentle ballad. This is good, but perhaps a bit long for this format.
Face In The Wind
This cut has a rather symphonic texture and is quite dramatic. It really feels quite a bit like a progressive rock ballad and one might be inclined to think of Renaissance. It’s the highlight of the disc.

 
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