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Elisa Peimer, “Transparent”

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Elisa Peimer has stuck by her muse and finally produced a CD that sounds as good as her talent deserves. Knowing what kind of music she wants to master – shimmering, straight-ahead pop-rock, heavy on the pop – and devoting all her energy to it has paid off.

“Take the Long Road” and “Long Way To Heaven” could be hits for any pop diva. “Angel of the Blues,” the only minor-key ballad on the album, is a memorable wail of disappointed love, while “Previous Engagement” is a John Hiatt-esque two-minute speed-rocker that makes a nice break.

If I had to pick one standout on this album full of good songs, it would be “Turning Circles” (a nice video of which is included on this enhanced CD). It’s a gorgeous song in which, without undue histrionics, Peimer’s crystal-clear voice wrings every drop of pathos from haunting verses and a soaring chorus.

Peimer’s creative imagination remains fertile as ever; she continues to prove herself a true master of songcraft.

This CD is a success on all levels.

(This is an excerpt from a previously published review. Visit http://kozmicblues.net for the full text.)

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