Michelle Albano: Second Guesses
By: Marco Nieves
To put this as humanly
clear as possible, we're all, always, relentlessly and disarmingly
soul-searching--- in your house when it makes strange noises at
night, in your significant other when you wonder if it will be forever,
in a good movie or in a new CD that called your attention. Little
do you (and I) know that Michelle
Albano holds answers to this intrepid hunt. Her album Second
Guesses, a radial debut, brings the listener a complete set
of soulful piano-pop-rock with a pinch of R&B that will make you
wonder where Vonda Shepard went to hide and why can't you stop bobbing
your head, stumped by how that voice can come out of a young woman
with a model smile.
The genre of this album,
as you may have noticed, is hard to pin down, but nonetheless persuasive
to enjoy completely. It's not foolishly whimsical, but clever and
fresh. Michelle's style is, most of all, invigorating and inviting.
Songs like Bye Baby and Reason are tracks that deserve
highlighting, where she sings about breaking the ties and coping
with it, for better or worse. Right On Time and The Hour
are about finding and appreciating love, making it sound so amazing
that it feels like you are basking under an aerial bliss that renovates
the cracks of broken hearts. Painting By Numbers is the gem
of the album. Mellow and moving, it is so affective that it will
touch everybody that has felt like he or she needed to fit into
a certain mold that cannot hold everything they are worth under
such a limited space. Second Guesses illustrates exactly
how Michelle distributed her strength and utilized her weaknesses
to finally understand love and gain confidence.
As I said before, soul-searching
is heavy on the back and exhausting against the feet, but all these
steps are within love and disappointment and they can only count
if your pace is steady and centered. Without the needed sagacity
to overcome all the bumpy perils, one is bound to get stuck on miasmas
that will cloud judgment and reason, ending the search in impossibility.
Felicitously, Michelle knows exactly where to go. To witness when
she collected her soul and put it all out on a wonderful debut album
is incredibly humbling and deliciously infectious.