Alternative music reviews

October 10, 2005

Losing Me by Marsha Swanson

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Singer/songwriter in the Carole King/Beth Orton mould, London based vocalist Marsha Swanson is a pleasingly proficient singer who keeps her folk-influenced single ‘Losing Me’ simple, using violin, acoustic guitar and her voice to create a relaxing and easy on the ear composition. There’s nothing ground-breaking or emotionally crushing here, just modern re-telling of folk-songs played over the decades that your Carole King’s and Janis Joplin used to churn out in the Seventies all the way through to mainstream likes of The Corrs and credible Fiona Apple. The key to a solo female artist is the strength of voice and Swanson possesses a good set of vocals, aiming more for soothing and atmospheric than lung-busting. The single has an obligatory dance mix which strips away some of the nuisances and feeling from the original, which is flat and uninspiring. The stripped down piano version is far more effective, Swanson’s vocal performance more powerful and expressive, which plays to her vocal strengths keeping the dealings natural.

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