author: Rick Heatherman
After listening to this album, I find it hard to believe that this artist has not yet been duly recognized. She's head and shoulders above most performers garnering commercial and critical attention. The songs are melodic, moody and atmospheric yet accessible, which is a rare combination. Beautiful, haunting songs of love and loss played with tasty inventive musicianship, and with a truly unique vocalist/lyricist at the helm. Stand out tracks: Crazy, You Don't Understand and Don't Take it Away. Everyone I play this CD for is blown away.
This album from Franki Baaz has been out around four years now but is well worth picking up. Like her other album "The Marriage Of Sex And Love" this has captured the same qualities. I really love Franki's voice over the Acoustic Rock - Both work well together. Have a listen to "To Steal Your Will" for a great example of how a song should be written. Throughout this album there is so much passion and it's criminal why this woman and her band aren't being played day in/day out on radio. America has some mega faults with people like George Bush running the show but they have some great things too - Franki Baaz being one of them. I love this lady. (Impressive) 9/10
author: Carmine Pascuzzi
Franki has been part of the Los Angeles music scene for a while. This is the latest of several albums that she has recorded. "Passion Blue" comprises her sultry vocals in a laidback frame of mind; very easy listening in mostly love themes. With a tight band, Franki's voice soars through the well-crafted arrangements. She has a strong hand in the production, alongside Grayson Wray, who also chips in with additional background vocals. There is certain appealing flair displayed by Franki, a style of its own, and she leaves a good feeling.
author: Hector Noble Fernandez
FRANKI BAAZ "PASSION BLUE" Style: sad acoustic pop/folk. Release year: 2002. Formats: CD. Label: IMPRESSIVE MUSIC. The music: the music of FRANKI BAAZ is very strange, it could result easy in its definition: pop, mainly acoustic music, with a slight folk touch, but what makes it so especial and different is the character of the music; a lake of sad and beautiful music over which the moon and the plaintive and deep voice of Franki is reflected. In the back cover photo of the CD you see this five people from L.A., so serious and languid, and dressed in black, and so is the music here contained, yes, it is relaxing and pop, with occasional guitar solos of something between country and blues that make the music different, but it is so bitter..., so pale... They normally follow a very concrete sketch: acoustic calm with a subtle rhythm that is resolved with a punctual and more melodic ending, although of course this can be altered to add variety to the matter; so the fifth "Let Me" is very vivid, while the next ballad "Carry On" has a light background
orchestral atmosphere and the last two numbers (which are only produced by Franki, the others by Franki and Grayson Wray), that are even darker and very different from the rest, with a repetitive tendency which make them more hard for the common pop listener; "Why" is only based in keyboards atmospheres (and Franki), "It's You & I" is still more tremendous; slow distorted guitars and a kind a funereal lament of Franki, and even a electric guitar solo (sometimes it seems doom...). There are also some other influences in the music: Franki sometimes uses a kind of Indian intonation in her singing and there are some details taken from easy listening music and maybe new age (or something like that...). For some people it could sound too much unfortunate, but that is never a problem, in SHE DIVINE music like this is always welcome. Some other data: Franki Baaz is a veteran of the L.A. scene, "Passion Blue" is her fourth album. GLOBAL GRADE: 8/10 Review for SheDivine.com, internet radio.
The overall feel of 'Passion Blue' is Durango-Americana. The soothing vocals of Franki Baaz give the listener a ride into her inner depths by being both emotionally enticing and lyrically moving. Her lyrics evoke a feeling of introspection and intense reverie. Her vocal quality is both soothing and provacative, and loaded with emotional intensity. The guiter rifts have a cool touch of classic rock meets modern country that doesn't overwhelm the vocals and at the same time gives even more impact to the music. Very nicely produced package.
You are listening to "To Steal Your Will" from the Passion Blue album.
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