Monday, August 3, 2009

Dianna Cristaldi

Kick your shoes off, ease back in a comfy chair, and turn the stereo up to experience a throwback to easier times. You'll be singing along soon enough as you ride through a rootsy/folk record timed perfectly with homage being paid to those that came before.

Dianna Cristaldi's self-titled album are a culmination of 15 truths she transcribes into song. Her songs are both sassy and accurate; combining folk, bluegrass, motown, and bluesy elements that rise and fall with ease.

Songs like Why Can't We Love Each Other and Radiant Love have a pulsing drive and a true and seamless Nashville sound, while Temptations holds on more tightly to a bluegrass genre while bringing in seductive backing vocals to bridge fans of Motown.

On Far Away and Mountains Majesty, Dianna would put a huge grin on the likes of Joni Mitchell and Allison Krauss. Both are honest stories woven into soundscapes to match.

All in all, Dianna Cristaldi does a fantastic job writing with emotion and translating her emotions into songs. The recordings and production are stellar. If you're in New York, be sure to catch a performance!

RATING: 4 of 5 stars

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