Denise Barbarita & The Morning Papers - 'A Beautiful Mess' (MyShyTune Music) Print E-mail
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Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Thursday, 17 February 2011 05:00

denise176New York City singer/songwriter/producer and self-described sci-fi geek Denise Barbarita, along with an impressive backing band, The Morning Papers (Rich Kulsar - drums, Jason Wallenstein - bass, Kelsey Warren - guitars), have crafted a truly unique recording with the 2010 CD release 'A Beautiful Mess'.


The whimsical yet sincere approach of this very experimental work suggests countless time in the studio not merely in composition but in intricate work blending and mixing to include every nuance and echo.


The title 'A Beautiful Mess' is an apt one due to its seeming free form quality. There is very little to tie the themes or style of each track together. If I were to attempt to draw comparisons I would have absolutely no problems bringing names of very well-known, chart topping artists to mind but they are far too numerous to mention.


The result is an appealing melange that could easily have been a soundtrack album and probably should be. It would probably have to be for a romantic comedy but whomever gets the rights to use the music first should count themselves lucky. I have heard few albums better suited for a film soundtrack.


The opening track 'K Sera' is an ethereal blend of sound effects and harmonic vocalizing. It has an ambient quality to it that I've never much cared for though what they did here is very nice and would probably be nice workout music for my mom when she goes to the gym.


An anthemic track like 'Suckers' suggests the very best of early 1990s grunge and is the most straightforward and coherent cut of the album. It stands out from the rest on the album and has become a new favourite of mine not merely because of how it sounds but because of its darkly cynical lyrical theme.


Uncommonly sweet compositions like 'Truth Telling' suggest the very best of modern pop/adult contemporary but are of a quality that has crossover appeal. It is the type of tune a hardcore rocker might hear on the radio by chance and find himself/herself singing along to it but never admit they like it to their friends.