Caroline Melani - Begin Again

Published Tuesday 1st August 2017
Caroline Melani - Begin Again
Caroline Melani - Begin Again

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 164157-24999
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Chris Webb

Caroline was born in Austria and has lived in many countries in her life, eventually ending up in London. This album was started in 2010 but defaulted then was resurrected in 2016 following a crowdfunding project. Across the whole album are songs of hope and redemption following bad experiences. There is a way out of all difficulties, although it isn't clear here if this is through human or divine intervention. "For A Change" kicks off with strings reminiscent of "Eleanor Rigby" and insists that there is an answer to problems if you try hard enough to find it, with repeated electronic drum beats underscoring an insistent keyboard support to the vocal encouraging a person to move on with life. With hints of Alisha's Attic, Caroline's voice floats across her electronic piano, encouraging and entreating that it is now "Time To Move On" as she slips into a rap about bad relationships, between a melodic chorus where greater instrumentation sweeps in like cavalry over a hill. Her adept piano playing ability is shown in the gentler "Meet Me Tomorrow", acoustic guitar gently strummed and picked reinforcing the melody, a warm front following rain. Caroline's voice handles her own songs comfortably, warm and relaxed, possibly not really demonstrating its full potential. This is a reasonable first outing, there are no tracks that could be described as standouts, it is musically proficient but the content is lyrically repetitive. And Caroline's singing is much better than her rapping.

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