Archive for September 15th, 2011

Deirde Gaddis – Life In The Key Of Dei

To find out more about this talented Alabama-born singer/songwriter, I’d advise you to take a look at her website. I’m going to run down the tracks on this her first solo CD.

Played on a powerful system, the bass on the opener ‘For Me’ will grab you hard. The chattering rimshots and sparse background keyboard sound great with Deirdre’s breathy vocals. This is urban music at its classiest. ‘We Just Can’t Say Goodbye’ is an anguished tale of loss and again it’s based around a skeletal production – so you’re just listening to that lyric.

My head starts nodding on the bubbling ‘This Funky Ride of Life’. The instrumentation is filled out by a subtle rhythm guitar and a nice brass hook just before the chorus. It’s my favourite track on the album. The pleading vocal on ‘What are We Going To Do’ and the bouncing synth bassline make this song commercially appealing – this was a great choice as the first single from this record.

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