Genevieve is probably a relatively unknown name for most people, or at least for now. This young and versatile singer/songwriter has a very wide range of influences and is an absolute vocal talent. With her strong vocals and natural sound she connects to the listener on a very personal and comfortable level. With her debut, “Back To L.A.” she delivers an album that contains 12 very strong tracks that are sometimes intimate and sometimes energetic. Genevieve finds a good balance and a very high level that gives her the ability to rise high above the big field of good, average musicians. “Back To L.A.” is a solid album that shows this girl has a lot of talent and is not afraid to show it.

It all starts with opener Life Remains The Same which deals with the daily routines that everyone knows. Genevieve, with her unique vocal style cross-tracks through different styles like country/Americana with a touch of soul, as well as rock & roll. This makes for a song that gets better and better as it goes along and the enthusiastic approach makes Life Remains The Same a good opener that promises nothing but good for what’s to come. And what’s coming is definitely good, especially since Genevieve follows up with The Way You Need Me which is a sweet piano song that explores the feelings of love in many directions. The emotional vocal performance, in combination with the clean and subtle keys provides for a love ballad that meets the high standards that have been set by artists like Maria Mena, Ilse deLange & Sarah McLachlan. The breaks in the vocals and the sudden accents of the piano melody make The Way You Need Me an absolute highlight.

 

In Still Waters, the breezy, folky melody plays an important part and Genevieve allows the listener to develop a personal connection through the song’s intimate sound. And while the song starts out a little easy, it gets catchier as it continues and it has the talent of slowly sticking in your head a little more everytime you hear it. A beautiful arrangement and a very strong delivery.

 

And as we continue to listen, we arrive at the title track. Back To LA is a more uptempo song that makes for a good radio single. The tougher vocals and edgier music give the song some more balls too. It is a good mix of pop, rock & Americana with touches of other genres hidden below the surface. It’s a track that has some very recognizable little parts and could definitely mean good things for this up and coming artist. Especially with the made-for-radio Move Along following. While it’s not necessarily as uptempo as you’d expect it has a good mix and production and a chorus that is as catchy as the sun is hot. If there is a real hit on this album, it might just be this song. After these two radio candidates, Genevieve continues strong with the mysterious song The Spy. It has some 70s influences as well as influences that I associate with (south)eastern Europe, especially due to the strings and mystique in the song. We should also mention that the classical influences in this song give it a more full sound and that Genevieve perfectly incorporates everything in this excellent song. She proves to be not only a great vocalist but also a very respectable songsmith.

 

After the more bombastic The Spy, Genevieve continues with the lighter piano song Talk To Me which might be one of her signature tracks, as the vocals reach the highest level on the whole CD and the emotional and personal delivery give this song such a strong sense and meaning to the listener. From the first notes and first words, I connected to this song. In the tradition of Sarah McLaughlin & Carole King, Genevieve is able to become one with the song and lift it to such a high level that makes it hard for her to top herself on this CD and sets high expectations for a possible follow up.

 

The breathy, folky Just As Long As You’re There is slightly more uptempo and carries on very nicely and has definite radio potential. Once again Genevieve’s vocal presence is stellar and in the build up she, again, shows her skills as a songwriter. The climax in the chorus makes for extra body in the song and if radio doesn’t pick up on this I would be very surprised. After the song is over, the record eases comfortably in the next song, Jim Bean. It carries on in the same general genre, with maybe a little more distinct country undertone. The gutsy vocals and gritty melody give this song a more rootsy character and it shows another side of this musician’s talent.

 

Just like with Move Along, Genevieve finds that distinct sound that radio seems to embrace as of lately on Meant To Love You, although you can hear more of a folky undertone in this song. With strong lyrics and superb vocals Genevieve gets the best out of this arrangement and delivers another quality track on this CD.

 

The more soulful I’m Going Down has some R&B influences too, but with an interesting choice of instruments and her unique vocal sound, Genevieve makes this song sound very contemporary. And the harmonica provides for some nice contrast.

 

And then we have reached the end of this album already. It went by in a flash, but Genevieve makes sure to leave us on a high note, as The Bayou is one of the albums strongest tracks, with an epic build up and perhaps the best musical arrangement of all the songs on this great album.

 

With “Back To L.A.” Genevieve shows she’s ready to break through to the bigger audiences and play shows all over the world. The unique vocal style and very strong songwriting are ingredients that make Genevieve one of the more promising acts I’ve come across in the past years. I strongly recommend you purchase this album and support Genevieve’s music so there will be much more for us to enjoy in the future.

 

Wow! What a powerful soulful voice and wide melodic range! Genevieve takes you on a wonderful ride with her mixture of up-tempo happy-sad songs, fun tunes and powerful ballads. Interesting arrangements like “The Spy” with its sexy violin and the rockin “Jim Beam” a’la Allman Brothers keep you groovin'. The soft spoken "Still Waters" will give you pause think; and then there’s the heart wrenching "The Way You Need Me To". Wonderful diversity tied up neatly by stellar vocals and excellent production. Truly enjoyable. 

 

When you start a CD with a mellow song you need something extra to grasp the listener, and L.A.’s Genevieve has that. Her sweetly intense voice ensnares you and leads you into her world of piano kissed melodies and lyrics emanating from life experiences. From the tortured pain of “Albatross” to the provocative boogie of “So Good For Me”, Genevieve bares her soul in amazing fashion.

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Here’s a serene album by a woman with an amazingly beautiful voice...Using simplistic musical arrangements let her voice simply shine and be the focal point. A brilliant example of what I’m talking about is her song “My Albatross” which has a lofty musical sound and whimsical lyrics. Some interesting percussion on “Don’t Let It Go” will grab your attention. Piano opens up the acoustic guitar driven, lyrically picturesque “I Left The Light On”. This young woman brings a lot to the table and has a wide variety of stories to share with this album. A very nice, easy listening album many people will very much enjoy.

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I’ll tell what can’t ever be called a “little thing”—Genevieve’s voice. Her voice is the cornerstone from which she builds off tremendous songwriting. The sound is a bit of contemporary pop mixed in with roots folk and piano ballads. Most singer/songwriters wish they had half this much talent. If she’s not signed to a major label deal with this demo, then I give up on the mainstream industry.  

It seems I've gotten a lot of CDs lately that are AAA and like I said in a previous review, because the market for this style is so saturated, you have to have something to offer that makes you different from the rest. I think Genevieve has this. Though I can't really put my finger on what exactly "it" is. But she does not sound like anyone else that I can think of. The style is similar to other artists, but her voice is pretty unique...and pretty, well, pretty. 

 

"Lead me Home" is quite catchy and has a tiny touch of a Celtic feel in the chorus which is appealing to me. Very lovely. "My Albatross" showcases of the strength in her vocals. On "So Good For Me" Genevieve really lets her hair down and shows her sexy sultry side. 

 

If you like music that focuses on the singer and lyrics check this out. 

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Did not know what to expect when I picked up the album. Cover reminded me of vintage Alanis Morisette but the music is completely different. She may be a singer-songwriter in the sense that she certainly can sing, and also writes all of her own material, but her voice certainly outshines most in the singer-songwriter category. Music is not overweighted with too many elements - it is clean and allows the lyrics to be showcased. One song that really stood out for me was "My Albatross", which made the hair on my neck stand up with its haunting arrangement (listen for the bell ringing in the background). "Don't Let It Go", "Baby, You Can Cry" and "I Left the Light On" are very strong in the singalong category. Overall, the music is strong, the lyrics are compelling, and the voice is terrific. I would highly recommend the album. 

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