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Title - 'Liar'
Artist - Ladyvoice

A old-fashioned club-like trumpet opening leads us into the more prevalent beats of today’s music. Then, coupled with the sultry tones of Ladyvoice, the first single on the debut album, 'Liar' is brought forth.

With all songs, save for the Billie Holiday covers written by the highly-talented Ladyvoice, it's not just her vocal talents that are on show here on her debut. Self-named after the American jazz singer and songwriter, who was herself nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Ladyvoice's next song, 'The Ew We Song' is another fine example of her sassy approach to her business.

With a touch of Macy Gray one minute, a flow like Janet the next, her chords are varied, her bounce infectious. But, and it has to be said, the next song, her rendition of 'God Bless the Child' is simply stunning. Slow-paced, sultry, and infused with Holiday from start to finish, it is no cover version - it is her rendition. In one word, it is delicious!

The next song, one what I assume was once simply an EP, is the 'Liar Club Remix,' but in truth, and as expected, it doesn't need to be here. Simply a slightly longer, more beat-ridden remake of the lead song, it is; however, still a great song and fun to listen to.

'I Miss You' is a nice song, one that slowly makes its way out and across your brain, but it's the exceptional covering of the Ella Fitzgerald classic 'Solitude' that wins the heart of this album all hands down. Evoking reveries of days gone by, Ladyvoice takes to the core of the song and brings us a stunning rendition.

The personal plea, 'A Prayer for Haiti' is next, Ladyvoice's range extended, her vocals impassioned for the Lord to shine his light on the Caribbean country - after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, destroying much of the capital, Port Au Prince in January of 2010.

The album comes to a close with two more Holiday cuts. First up is the wonderful 'Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do,' which Ladyvoice, once again, nails to perfection. Coupled with ambient-backed jazz trumpet textures those very same instruments step it up for the last song on the album, 'Them There Eyes.' And so, as the swinging trumpet vibe of the song drifts off, it should be noted that Ladyvoice's Holiday-inspired renditions are so good that they sound like they could so easily have been recorded/sung back in the day.

Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk