Haunting, ethereal music with plenty of bite
This is an achingly beautiful CD that fuses world, New Age, and a good dose of rock music to create something lovely. The first track, Taos Dance, melds eastern music with amazing percussion and the lilting voice of Emily, sometimes smooth and sometimes snatching for your attention. Awoken is softer, with Emily’s voice multi-layered so that, at times, it becomes part of the instrumentation whilst, at others, it establishes a clarity that tugs at the heart. Moving on to Rose Adonis, the CD steps up a gear and the instrumentation forms a solid backdrop to Emily’s soaring lyrics. This would be the best song on the disc if it were not for the amazing Metro Gypsy, a song that shows the range of Emily’s voice; she can bite! A pulsating rhythm of percussion is interposed with more eastern flavours. It is delicious and, like all the classic songs, stays with you for a long time after listening. Haunting indeed.
Curses is gentler than the title may suggest with a curiously Spanish lilt and lyrics that curl their way into your ears. Drag Down is another pulsating song with Emily controlling her voice wonderfully, so that you feel the tension of the lyrics like a spring. Aztec Moon is already widely acknowledged as brilliant and deservedly so. Instrumentation, with guest Vladiswar Nadishana, provides visions of hot, sultry nights that work their way inside you and refuse to leave; mine’s a tequila, no ice. Say Goodbye is another multi-layered track with Emily providing a soft and amazingly catchy tune. Cold in the Sky continues the mellow mood with a lovely sound and Emily’s voice as fresh as a glass of spring water on a hot summer’s night. My Angels ends the CD with a honeyed paean to fly free. Emily does with this CD. It is beautiful.
In a world where a lot of music has a similar feel, Emily Jones strikes her own path. Chimerical Illusion, like its name, is daring, inventive, and incredibly good to listen to. Buy this CD: you will not be disappointed.