I was pleasantly surprised when I popped Terra Naomi’s release into my car CD player. The first thing that struck me is this girl can sing. On the first track, she reminded me of Faith Hill, probably because “The Game Changed” has slight contemporary country flair. She has a strong beautiful voice with the potential for a lot of power. “Misery” is a little more upbeat, go figure, and her vocals changed reminding me of Alanis Morrisette. This style of vocal inflection flavored the rest of the release.
The first time I listened to this CD was 6:00 am on my way to work. I must admit I was a little sleepy but “Up There” woke me up as soon as it reached the chorus. This song would make a great anthem at the chorus. I can see the whole audience joining in with the same intensity that she shows in her performance. Even though this song and “The Vicodin Song” only has piano and vocals, I think that it shows the raw talent that Terra possesses and a new meaning to Solo artist. Many artists today need as many loud talented musicians to make up for what they lack in talent; they have an inability to reproduce on stage what they conceive in the studio (the birth of lip sync). With that said, I would love to see Terra Naomi live.
“What About Me” has a few more instruments and more of an AOR feel. This song is probably her most commercial /mainstream effort on this CD. On the chorus, I caught a hint of a similarity to Linda Rondstadt on “Poor Pitiful Me,” the song written by Warren Zevon. On the last song, “No Reason” Terra changes direction again and it has a jazzy feel to it.
Overall, I really liked this CD and hope to hear more from Terra Naomi. Give this gal a listen.
- Terra Naomi – Lead Vocals, Background Vocals, Piano
- Tyler Hilton – Acoustic Guitar & Background on “Misery”
- Andrew Williams – Electric Guitars
- Davey Faragher – Bass
- Dorian Crozier – Drums and Percussions
- The Game Changed
- Up Here
- The Vicodin Song
- What About Me
- Aim To Please
- No Reason