Alia Lorae – The Mad and the Beautiful
Band/Artist: Alia Lorae
Album/The Mad and the Beautiful
URL – http://www.alialorae.com/
Review: From New York comes a fresh female artists known as Alia Lorae. Her bio describes it best: Alia Lorae is a creature of shameless darkness and whimsy – an addict for dramatics who may or may not be from an alternate universe. Her musical style is a twisted lovechild of Trent Reznor and Amy Lee, infused with dance-y hooks and electro-rock cabaret. Classically trained for seven years, her vocals have been compared to those of Kate Bush and Siouxie and the Banshees. She has a flare for theatrics, and loves to incorporate costume pieces, video projections and visual art into her performance. Alia has been singing ever since she could walk and talk.
I always listen to the opening track extremely carefully. It’s the opening song the artist has selected to hit your ears first and foremost. The opening title track sets the stage rather appropriately for this CD. It was a great intro piece that stuck in my head and had me eager for what lied ahead. All in all the whole CD is brilliantly delivered with a richly woven Alternative-Rock-Power-Pop texture with songs that have serious popish staying power. Music will remind you of darker versions of Cher Lloyd, Ashley Tisdale and Demi Lovato. To be honest I can’t say enough about Lorae’s overall mass appeal and overall signature sound. Her bio again: As an only child with artistic parents and a vivid imagination, she spent much of her time writing songs, and filling endless notebooks with stories and drawings. Through Elementary School and Junior High, she performed with the Dobbs Ferry Harmonaires Children’s Chorus, singing at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Shea Stadium. Her first recording experience came at the age of nine, providing back-up vocals for local musician Blake Rowe’s album, “Circle of Life.” Her lyrics come straight from the dark heart as each piece connects with many who are sick and tired of the same mass audience appeal. Alia chooses to be herself and write music that almost sounds theatrical in nature. Having said that “The Mad and the Beautiful” captures a very pure and genuine sound that grabs the listener right from the get go. It’s almost as if I can hear some of this music featured in a Broadway Play. Lorae’s sound favors many female pop artists of the decade yet with a theatrical, modern-day feel. I’ve never heard an artist so skillfully combine so many genera’s into one unique sound. Weather this is by design or by accident it’s amazing.
Modern Monsters Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZUhLI_IvIU
Check out her YOU TUBE Channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/AliaLorae?feature=mhum
Conclusion: If there was one word I would use to describe Alia Lorae it would be “Real.” What you see is what you get, and Lorae is not a poser trying be something she’s not. This latest CD will simply make your day more entertaining overall. Overall it spoke to me personally and inspired me on so many different levels.
Final Rating: 5 Star Rating average. This CD gets 4.0 Stars
Written by Drew Blackwell edited by Cyrus Rhodes of IMD MUSIC MEDIA LLC