| Terra Naomi: Live and Free
By: Marco Nieves
I opened the package
I received today from Terra
Naomi to find two samplers, one studio and one live, Live
And Free. Atwitter, I play them immediately for I was in a rush
and the amount of time I had was just about exactly how long it
would take to listen to the seven songs that the samplers amounted
to. After a good listen I realize right then that Terra Naomi has
sent me a sonic bomb in the mail and every listen gets more explosive,
more intimate, more gut-wrenching, all because she's singing about
the hurt and the love that is the architect of true poets. And now
it's my time to leave, and the taste her music has left has no pharmaceutical
remedy, the ardor that these samplers carry is contagious and resolute.
All through the rest of the night I kept recollecting melodies and
lyrics and it was unquestionable that Terra triumphed.
In the studio sampler
she deploys a band that exalts her messages, but doesn't smother
her. In The Game Changed a seismic arrangement is created
that ensorcels the listener into a state of awe with lyrics that
can break the toughest of hearts. In the song I Still Love You
her voice is virtuosic as she repeats I still love you piercing
you with shocking voltage. Throughout the sampler the band dazzles
and alarms, but it's her voice that will warn you that there is
no turning the CD player off until she has managed to show you all
of her injuries and how secure it is that she doesn't need a healer.
She flourishes even moreso once the pain tries to hold her back.
In the live sampler it's just Terra and her piano. You would think
the intensity would subdue, but it gets stronger. Her soulful voice
is ravishing once more, versatile and beautiful. The chemistry with
both the piano and the audience is a musical juggernaut. Her lyrical
wit can make the songs playful and humorous (The Vicodin Song)
as much as serious and tender (New Song). It ends with Terra
saying to the audience "I have another song for you," and I find
myself wishing the sampler could go on so I can listen to it as
well, but sadly, it doesn't.
Overall, these two samplers
are a cohesion of ramificating power and while we're all bound to
suffer from being overexposed to artists that sing too many songs
that say nothing at all, artists like Terra come around to show
us what real music is all about.