Lorna Bracewell's songwriting is simple yet profound, auto-biographical yet universal. She chronicles the growing and life-shaping years of a woman born in the 80's with charm, wit, and grace, and always with a good laugh at herself. Her vocal delivery is earthy with a punch. Her driving acoustic guitar reflects her background as a studio and rock band drummer, earning her the nickname "one woman band." Lorna's cheerful and accessible personal style shines through her song-writing and vocal delivery, as does her quick wit which packages a brilliant intellectual mind into an unassuming and down-to-earth wrapper.
God Forbid is Lorna's first totally self-produced professional album, embodying her latest and finest songwriting, and earning a FIVE STAR rating from Music Industry News Network (MI2N). The following excerpt is from the MI2N review published Sept 15, 2004 (the entire review is available at Lorna's web site):
"Lorna's singing and songwriting are what set her apart and will ultimately take her to the star stage. Her singing is sweet, husky, seductive or hard, depending on the song. Her pitch is excellent and her delivery is professional. Her songs are full of what must be life lessons she has learned in her few years. Songs of joy, love gained and lost, sorrow, angst, happiness and longing are artfully woven into the fabric of the tunes. The styles range from folk to rock and have some blues and country thrown in for good measure."
"All 10 songs on 'God Forbid' are strong, and each invokes feelings when listened to. The rhythm, bass and drums grooves are solid, the guitar work excellent, the keyboards are smooth, and the mix and mastering are professional. To say some songs are better than others would be giving short shrift to the incredible talent that is displayed by Lorna. However, if I were asked to pick the potential hit singles, I would have to go with 'Independence Day' about a woman fleeing an abusive relationship. Another strong contender for single status is the title track 'God Forbid' which is a statement of a woman's freedom. The sexy 'Fall into Me' is all about loving and leaving. in fact, all the songs on this CD are keepers. There are no fillers in this project."
"I give this CD a 5 star rating. All you A&R types better take notice of this young lady and her unique talents. And don't procrastinate because whoever signs her will be in for a lucrative run." - Music Industry News Network Review, Sept 15, 2004
If you're looking for an album that packs thoughtful substance and emotional intensity into memorable melodies and beautifully framed arrangements, God Forbid is it.
"I wish you had never caught my eye
I wish that shame had built you tall some wall to hide behind
I wish the sun had blackened, I wish God had struck me blind
I wish you had never caught my eye"
- from Litany, by Lorna Bracewell, God Forbid
"I wanna move
my mouth from the rim of my glass onto you
What would you do?
I wanna taste
that stupid, sexy, shy smile that's on your face
What would you say
if I move?
if I taste?
If I do
your perfect world will break
Cause baby when I fall,
baby when I fall,
baby when I fall
I take the world with me"
- from When I Fall, by Lorna Bracewell, God Forbid
"That I would cross that lobby
to cash in my dreams
That I would let them talk me
into that machine
That I would sell my body to a magazine
God forbid and keep their hands off me"
- from God Forbid, by Lorna Bracewell, God Forbid
"She is packing up her babies. She is driving to her mother's
thinking 'bout the times he told her that he loved her
and then hit her so hard she thought her heart would break.
And how the doctors never noticed, and the neighbors never heard her,
how her priest told her to love him, no matter how he hurt her,
but not even God was gonna make her stay.
No, not on this Independence Day
It is Independence Day.
Raise your hands, the blood is washed away,
and we all stand, a world made brand new.
And all the fires we've let rage
will burn our dirty past up page by page.
Come on, raise your hands, that's all we have to do.
That's all we have to do..."
- from Independence Day, by Lorna Bracewell, God Forbid
Also available from Lorna Bracewell at CD Baby: Lorna's debut album, Don't Stop Now, and Lorna's sophomore project, Little Miss Obvious.