Bird Call – “The Animals Know EP”

Album Reviews | By on Jun 23rd, 2011

Record Label: S/R
Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Band Link: www.birdcallmusic.com
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Bird Call is Chiara Angelicola, a Brooklyn hippie (not hipster) who has that old-grandma raspy voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday and (more recently) Macy Gray. This vocal style always sounds to me like the singer is gargling a mouthful of butterscotch pudding. I’m not that into it.

Musical accompaniment is minimal but mawkish. The waltz of the first song and the piano-and-violin background of “Bye, Bye Honeymoon” and “The Battle Outside the Gates of Your Arms” are overly schmaltzy. I guess it comes with the territory.

I can’t deny that Angelicola is talented, even if I’d rather listen to a dentist drill for 30 minutes. Jazzheads might be interested.

Bottom Line: Whatever happened to Macy Gray, anyway?
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