The initial impression is made by O'Leary's vocal, which effectively mixes the melody of mainstream songstresses with the more quirky leading ladies of indie-folk....anywhere from Liz Phair to even Lykke Li.....maybe it's all the L's? On songs such as upbeat opener Ever After and Rally, her voice is front and centre delivering lovelorn yet wearily hopeful musings on matters of the heart.
It's further in, however, on songs like the hypnotically intricate Tremor, that the singing drops deeper in both tone and the mix, allowing winding keys and understated percussion to the fore. Offering an alternative to the more uptempo numbers, songs like this nestle up comfortably to their neighbours and afford the album a pleasant variety for repeat listens.
MP3: Alejandra O'Leary - Tremor
Taken from the album 'Nothing Out Loud' - out now - BUY
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Listening to the two songs posted here gives a sound base for comparing the various speeds at which this album drives, showcasing all the cautious optimism and fragile emotion that continue to appear across the album. One of the more skillful aspects of the songwriting - and one that is apparent after only a couple of spins - is the ability to fuse the two somewhat contrasting sentiments together as though it were the only natural way to approach the subject of loving relationships.
In achieving this blend, Alejandra O'Leary has delivered a charismatic, varied album that delivers on many levels. Also something of a gigging machine, she will be hitting a number of cities in North America towards the end of the year. So as you sit in that aforementioned venue and ponder whether it's worth persevering with another set, just remember that someone like Alejandra might pop up to make it all worthwhile.
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