Rich Albertoni - The Isthmus, 08/21/2009 - Review of Likely Stories self-titled CD
"Tracy Jane Comer, Dave Schindele and Nancy Rost have teamed up to make the most creative concept album to come out of Madison so far this year.
Likely Stories is a collection of nine musical tales making up three rounds of sonic turn-taking by the songwriters. It's a structure that highlights the stylistic breadth of the record.
Schindele's acoustic piano is dreamy, rumbling with restlessness on 'A Matter of Time.' Later, he employs Comer's brooding cello on 'Nicole.' That track is an odd but gorgeous prayer for Nicole Kidman: 'Hope there's a there for you Nicole / Without a role, it's just you and your soul cast together.'
Rost's jazzy arrangements are featured in 'Golden Gate,' about San Francisco suicide jumpers. Comer's 'Yellow Bike' is pure folk charm, looking back on a poor but happy childhood in a seaside town.
The album's execution ultimately fulfills the ambitious concept, making Stories a local release to be reckoned with."
WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING...
"...'This Ground' is absolutely superb. I enjoyed the wit in the
polka. And if I let myself, I could be really, really jealous of that
cello in Nicole..." - Tim F., Australia (from MySpace comment)
"I know I told you all how I enjoyed the show last night. I just wanted
to say it again. Very relaxing and fun. Thanks for the good time." - Paul, Madison WI (from MySpace comment)
"Just finished checking out your tracks. Beautiful sounds--I'm looking
forward to hearing more. And hopefully hearing you live someday..." - Doug H., Bristol, England (from MySpace comment)
(re: Golden Gate) "Love the mood this song creates. Gave me a Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
feeling. The piano and cello are amazing enough together. The vocals
and lyrics make this song an absolute gem." - Massachusetts reviewer (from garageband.com)
(re: Golden Gate) "Musically I am really enjoying myself, although there is a very
melancholy mood and tone ... Unique and original. Not your typical
female vocalist trying to sound like all the other female vocalists...
She sings as if she is singing to me personally... The lyrics are
extremely well crafted. This is one of those songs that you have to
listen to in order to appreciate it completely. The lyrics almost force
you to do that..." - Sandy, Utah (from garageband.com)
(re: Nicole) "Movie Soundtrack for sure! Beautiful piano work, great vocal quality pitch and tone. I love the strings, the melody works beautifully with the strings. A taunting, emotive musical journey, a wonderful experience. A pleasure to listen to and a breeze to review. I can hear this song on a movie soundtrack for sure. The mix is just right with a great balance of instrument and vocal."
- Reviewer in Gunnedah, NSW, Australia (from garageband.com)
(re: Nicole) Very nice production...outstanding song! I like the pretty piano work that opens this song...The lead singer has a great voice...nice to listen to. Lyrics are nice...vocals are clean and easy to understand (which is nice). I also like the cello in there...adds a full/deeper feel to the song....adds some depth. Very nice song. Good job! - Reviewer in Green Valley, Illinois (from garageband.com)
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