Rachael Sage | Morbid Romantic

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Morbid Romantic

by Rachael Sage

Ani DiFranco opener & Lilith Fair performer...Lush, ethnically-tinged pop songs with a feminist stance and a sense of humour.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Souvenir
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2. The Spirit We
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3. Morbid Romantic
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4. Momentary War
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5. Brightness
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6. William
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7. Driving With God
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8. Rain So Hard
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9. Begin To Stop
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10. Guardians
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rachael Sage is a modern day Renaissance woman. She's the creator of Feather Boa Pop - the psychedelic musings of a young East Village woman who tours the U.S. and Europe playing some of the most interesting music in pop and rock today!

A rare combination of timeless craftsmanship and contemporary feminist sensibilities, THE VILLAGE VOICE has described her music as "earthiness, color and emotion...Sage has folk on the brain and piano keys for hands and is sure to put on a show sublime."

A John Lennon Songwriting Contest and USA Songwriting Competition winner, Rachael has toured with Ani DiFranco, played the Lilith Fair, appeared at Rockrgrl 2000, and won the ASCAP Pop Songwriting Contest twice. Sage runs her own nationally distributed label MPress Records in New York and designs instruments and clothing that have been featured in the New York Times. She has recently written her first book of poetry entitled "Karma's Trapeze," currently only available at her live shows.

"Morbid Romantic" is her debut release on MPress, and marks the beginning of the transition from her teenage years as a synth-pop (yes it's true!) artist into a more acoustic, soulful folk-pop songwriter. In addition to the cynical-romantic subject matter it's title implies, Rachael also deals with topics of racial, sexual and religious discrimination with the powerful songs "The Spirit We" (Disc Makers Contest Finalist), "Stone," and "Language of Flowers".

If you like urban-folk-pop with an eye for beauty and an ear for the absurd, you won't be disappointed in this album!

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RECENT REVIEWS:
Cover Magazine - "Sage's unique vocal style enhances the lyrics further, while complimenting powerful classically-charged melodies."

Cleveland Free Times - "Sage transforms the narrative of her own life and those of people close to her into vivid, universal parables."

HX For Her - "Rachael Sage is a beauty. She's a talented pianist. She's a folk singer with an amazing voice."

Ani DiFranco - "Go buy Rachael's album. She's not sitting at home whining because she wants to be a musician. she is a real musician touring because she wants to, without the help of the corporate umbrella."


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Mf

Amazing
An impossible blend of keen wit and brutal reality. This CD careens all over the emotional map, but somehow the voice and music comfort and console to make it an enjoyable ride.

Cynthia K

Very Promising Debut!
When I first heard about this CD on the Tori e-list, I thought it was her second one 'cause I guess her distributor re-released it or something. But realizing it was actually her first and how much I already loved all the MP3's I'd heard off of "Smashing the Serene", I had to get it. Rachael's songs are always witty, poetic, melodic and interesting. This album and the songs "Guardians" "Spiritwe" and "Souvenir" in particular, show sparks of what's so great on her second release. The production is a bit slicker/less like a band, but her voice is actually more raw, so I didn't really mind. A very strong debut from an artist we're only just beginning to get to know, I'm sure!

Heather Phares / All Music Guide


Singer/songwriter/pianist Rachael Sage's Morbid Romantic shows off her offbeat artistic voice. Originally released in 1996, the album is a light, poetic blend of classic pop songwriting skills and lush Irish, Russian and Middle Eastern elements. Her classical training on the piano shines through in the arpeggios and romantic flourishes that adorn her songs, making Morbid Romantic that much more of a singular pop statement.- Heather Phares

Julia Storm

debut of a continued shining
One of the most original people to capture her personality on the cover of, permeating throughout, and emanating from a compact disk. This, and her current album, are my favourites. Beautiful, expressive, impressive.

Elizabeth

Brilliantly original!
Rachael Sage's first CD is surprisingly as eclectic, poetic, and wonderfully distinctive as all her later CDS. The songwriting is sophisticated and beautiful. The songs not sampled on CD Baby have more acoustic guitar, and are more folky, but can never be confused with anyone but Rachael, as she is a genius and defies comparison. Driving with God is great, laid-back jazz. Rachael's voice is definitely shown-off!

Rebecca Pilcher-Sissom

Like a fantastic bottle of wine - you want to go through it slowly so that you e
The music and poetry on this album hit places in my heart that I didn't even know were THERE - and I'M technically a writer and poet, too (English/Creative Writing degree - proof that degrees have nothing to do with flair or personal depth). I love it that Rachael is so AMAZING on this, her sophomore album, the one on which many artists fumble and stumble -- she uses words like they're loose lily petals, music like it's made of sequins and water, and when she's done arranging the songs, she's got gorgeous flowers to share with the world. It's a raw and heart-breakingly personal album. Don't miss it.

Rebecca Pilcher-Sissom

Correction! :)
I made a mistake in my recently-sent review on Morbid Romantic .... this is Rachael's first album, not her second, and I had mentioned that it was fantastic for a sophomore effort. I ALWAYS think that "Smashing the Serene" is her first! But that one is incredible, too!