gilli moon's restless creativity and rebellious nature continually urge her to push the envelope in the studio, on stage and with whatever she touches. The voice of a siren her piano purging songs oozing raw emotion and sensuality, gilli moon is the eternal quintessential renaissance woman. She's an illustrious, energetic poly-media artist & her multifaceted albums and dynamic, entertaining live shows have touched music lovers worldwide garnering high praise from the most jaded of critics. A chameleon in artistry and thought, gilli (like with a 'j') creates music that is fresh, rebellious, passionate and unique. Itunes has been unable to classify her. She stands alone.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
"Woman" CD, released on gilli moon's Warrior Girl Music label encompasses the emotions, passions and experiences of a young woman growing up, dealing with relationships and becoming self-empowered as an individual. "Woman" touches on female sensuality / sexuality, self-empowerment, openness / honesty and features Ms. Moon's band (with guest vocals by Cindy Alter (South Africa, ex- Clout band member) and Badi Assad (Brazil) along with awesome dance remixes by Sydney's Ice Jupiter Groove. gilli moon: "When i began to write the songs for "woman" i had to wonder why... what was my purpose in expression in this project? for most know that i am concept driven, i needed the project to be oriented around a theme, a concept, a meaning and agenda. I had grown up this time. the last 2 or 3 years had been a hurting time, filled with loneliness and sadness, broken relationship and lost soul mate. hurt, anger... that was what the CD before, temperamental angel, personified. But i knew that was temporary and that i would no longer remain the rebellious teenager. i need to empower myself, embark on a new journey as an artist, as a woman, and be open to the possibilities.
i wrote a book, a great book that inspires artists of all genres to get out there and make it happen for themselves. but i needed some strength for me, for my journey... and so was borne in the studio, in january through march 2002, i produced the album... WOMAN."
Released September 2002 in the U.S and January 2003 in Australia.
gilli moon is spooky enough to be weird, melodic enough to be cool
- kerry jackson
NEWCASTLE HERALD (TE SECTION), Australia * * * * (4 stars)
This singer-musician-poet-painter is going to be a superstar, at least she should be, and TE readers can claim her as their own. Moon may reside in Los Angeles but she grew up in the Wollombi Valley. This, her second album, is as multi-faceted as the title suggests. Moon exposes her soul on this record and what a wondrous soul she is. Confident one minute and fragile the next, she swells with sensuality while striding between Kate Bush-inspired pop, rock and jazz. Moon strips down a cover of the INXS hit Need You Tonight that will leave you breathless.. or breathing heavy.
- Chad Watson
The 18 tracks on this, her second album show diversity, ranging from moody acoustic pieces to energised electro remixes, and Moon's vocal versatility is evident as she adapts to the varying styles with apparent ease. She defines a sonic space that is all her own on the haunting second track I'm Calling You, as well as on her sensual interpretation of the INXS classic I Need You Tonight. As the title would suggest, the lyrical content touches predominantly on feminine issues, stretching from sexuality to self empowerment. - Steve Perin
Gilli Moon, Woman. Gilli Moon's Temperamental Angel disc, released on her own Warrior Girl Music label ranked as one of my top albums of the year in 2000 and her follow-up album, Woman is now out on the same label. Woman offers both introspective "girl and a piano" songs like its intro, "Real" where she asks "why do I need a man to make me feel like a woman?" as well as dancehall-ready remixes like the Cher-influenced "Woman," and the throbbing synth come-on "Naked" (a track revamped from her last disc). There's the unstoppably coy "Do Ya Wanna?" and my favorite track, the stomping, tribal "Bop to the Rhythm." There's a sinuous funky grind in "I'm Calling You" and an almost dirge-slow run-through of INXS' "Need You Tonight." There's a punchy guitar driven treatise of affirmation in "Organic" and the delicate big ballad "To Be With You." Will a variety of moods and attacks, the album is almost too expansive at 18 tracks, but there's definitely something here for everyone. Gilli Moon offers one of the best examples of just how good indie releases can be. For info and sonic samples, check her web site at www.gillimoon.com. Woman. Gilli Moon's Temperamental Angel disc, released on her own Warrior Girl Music label ranked as one of my top albums of the year in 2000 and her followup album, Woman is now out on the same label. Woman offers both introspective "girl and a piano" songs like its intro, "Real" where she asks "why do I need a man to make me feel like a woman?" as well as dancehall-ready remixes like the Cher-influenced "Woman," and the throbbing synth come-on "Naked" (a track revamped from her last disc). There's the unstoppably coy "Do Ya Wanna?" and my favorite track, the stomping, tribal "Bop to the Rhythm." There's a sinuous funky grind in "I'm Calling You" and an almost dirge-slow run-through of INXS' "Need You Tonight." There's a punchy guitar driven treatise of affirmation in "Organic" and the delicate big ballad "To Be With You." Will a variety of moods and attacks, the album is almost too expansive at 18 tracks, but there's definitely something here for everyone. Gilli Moon offers one of the best examples of just how good indie releases can be. - John Everson
Dreams Never End
I guess it´s the first time we have to deal with an artist who has been compared to Jackson Pollock, the painter and perhaps it is the first time (well not really....) we are dealing with such a strong album! But let´s begin with the begin... Warrior Girl Music is the label set up by Gilli Moon and you don´t have to be an expert to understand what´s it all about...this is a sort of tribute for women who did their own thing in rock. Not the kind of spirit from women who decide it´s time to raise a fist as feminism in rock isn´t needed simply as here in my collection I have tons of female artists and I can only say : feminists already started from the 70´s...how else can I see artists like Kate Bush or Carly Simon? But good, let´s call "Woman" a sort of tribute or celebration fort any woman around who did something. Gilli was raised up around the town of Sidney and from the moment she discovered that Gilli is Aboriginal-dialect for "moon" it was clear why this woman was going to be known under Gili Moon in the future...a name that would be used for her further career in LOs Angeles cos that´s where she actually lives now. "Vive La Independence" says Gilli cos for her (just as for so many other artists) the internet was a the ultimate way to build her imperium and with success, in Gilli Moon´s biog there was a whole page about prices she has received (too many to mention) and then there is even the music...also too many genres to mention (which we will do anyway) as Gilli is a real musical chameleon and I guess that´s why she has been compared to David Bowie anyway... It goes from genius discopop ("Woman" the titletrack brings you to the genius discopopstuff Madonna did on "Ray Of Light"), intimistic intense pianosongs in Tori Amosstyle (the piano was the basic for Gilli´s musical training), femalesingersongwriterstuff in KD Lang-style or on tracks like "I´m calling you" you hear original trip-hop.... Gilli Moon´s music and this album (which is the following up from "Temperamental angel" is a real victory and the sort of middle finger that can be best used towards the so called recordindustry who knows it all... One of the strongest albums we ever have reviewed and as that are more than thousands you know you have no reason not to dig Gilli Moon....
If you're not familiar with the music of Gilli Moon, there's no better time than right now to introduce yourself to what she has to offer. Her previous release, "Temperamental Angel," was a SPOTLIGHT favorite. But, her current release, "Woman," is a thousand times better. She went all out with this one. There's just a wealth of material to be found here and there's a lot to take in. There's pop, there's rock, there's just a little bit of everything. I mean, as I went through each track, I heard stuff that reminded me of Alanis Morissette, Cher, Tori Amos, Lucy Woodward and the list goes on and on. The thing is though, she's got a sound that's totally her own. This is probably the most exciting album you'll have the pleasure of hearing this year. There's something on here for everyone and, well, let's put it this way, I would go so far as to say this is a MUST HAVE release. There's no question about it. There's no excuse to pass this one up. So, be sure to check it out and, if you're lucky enough to catch Gilli Moon live, she's on tour with Monty Python's Eric Idle. How's that for cool?
REMEDY MAGAZINE Townsville Australia - ALBUM REVIEW
From the first time I listened to this album I was hooked. I have listened to it so many times I have driven everyone in the house mad. Gilli sings like an angel with the strength of an opera diva. This CD features a fabulous cover of INXS "Need You Tonight" as an ode to Michael Hutchence. The album oozes self empowerment with titles like "I'm Calling You" and "I Think Of Him".
CITY SEARCH, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Nancy Sinatra, Neneh Cherry and, er, John Lennon have all had a crack at the title. Woman is Australian singer-songwriter Gilli Moon's stab at what it means, but don't expect the answer in stick figures. "I'm not going to give u the mundane, same old tired norm," she warns on her third LP. "I am a woman. I am complex. I have many emotions, feelings, personalities." The album bristles with them. It arrives on her own label, Warrior Girl Music, produced and mostly played by herself. An atmospheric deconstruction of INXS's Need You Tonight is the only tune not bearing her writing credit. Like her kindred independent spirit Ani DiFranco, self-determination is a big theme for Gilli Moon. Parallel with the album, she's launching a book. titled I AM A Professional Artist: "an inspirational guide for young artists" making their OWN way in the music biz. http://sydney.citysearch.com.au/profile?id=9281
GIRLFRIEND MAGAZINE, Australia
Vibe: Funky, bright, uplifting
Top Tracks: The exuberant title track, and the groovy cover version of the INXS song "Need You Tonight"!
Verdict: Gilli is much more than your average pop diva - she's a 'SensuArtist' who dabbles in music, dance, painting, acting, and writing! This album celebrates how fab it is to be a woman, and there's something in her intense, personal lyrics for all of us! Musical poetry! In a world of Britneys, "Woman" is a breath of fresh air - the album is still as irresistably catchy as the best of them - but leaves you feeling just as fab as Gilli is!
Rating: 5 STARS * * * * *
JACKY GLEESON, Australia - ALBUM REVIEW
What is it about gilli moon? Here she is with a new record after the exceptional diversity and success of "Temperamental Angel" and it's almost like Angel came out just last week. But no - it's been more than a year now and I am at a loss as to how good "Woman", on gilli's own Warrior Girl Music label, really is. Reading my review of Angel, I could probably just cut and paste that across to this one. But no, I will resist the temptation and, like gilli, come up with something new. The record progresses like one of those 1970s concept albums... it has a prologue "Real - The Opening Ceremony" and an epilogue "Home," it celebrates gilli's femininity by roaring I Am (A) Woman and effortlessly moves as many emotions and genres as there are images and effigies of the woman herself. It's a credit to anyone who can uproot themselves as gilli did all those years ago and, after the success she so richly deserves, to still maintain the artistic ingenuity, indie street-cred and seriously good music making ideas instead of letting the so-called City of Angels sucked them out of her like so many other artists (music or otherwise) who have found themselves on the wrong side of the Pacific. Save for that annoying Cher-effect in the title track and the remix thereof, "Woman" is an album that is faultless. It rocks heavily, it sways gently, it even has a short John Cage-esque moment to keep you guessing. gilli moon is a wonderful artist - musically and otherwise. Anyone who has been privy to a live performance (alas - I am but one of the unlucky ones who have not) will be able to support this claim, as will anyone who has any of her other records (even the one she doesn't talk about). Hopefully, these words won't be needed to sell this record, as it will move itself. "Woman" through Warrior Girl Music: to label it with a mere star-rating would be an injustice... PG (Jacky) Gleeson
COLLECTED SOUNDS, Sweden
Gilli Moon made an impressive album with "Temperamental Angel". The new one is equally stunning and more multifaceted. The slinky cover of Inxs' "Need You Tonight" shows Moon's great voice at its best. She strips away all but the necessary ingredients and makes the song her own.
CREATIVE LINE MAGAZINE, Los Angeles
WOMAN - The only problem with this CD is it's hard to stop listening! A stellar jump forward from her critically acclaimed "Temperamental Angel", Gilli's vocal power & range sets up a palette of texture & color, with her philosophical lyrical wanderings creating a framework for the emotions that flow through the rest of this collection. The radio-friendly title cut is a celebration of womanhood, & the power within. Her cover of "Need You Tonight" brings this classic from the dance floor to the bedroom. Creative arrangements, exceptional piano artistry & a superb band makes "Woman" a CD you'll want to hear over & over, even if you're not one! - Review by Jimi Yamagishi AGOUTIMUSIC.COM, SAN FRANCISCO - ALBUM REVIEW
Woman is the new album from Gilli Moon, a thirtysomething from Australia living in Los Angeles. If you're looking for an album to bridge your mainstream friends to better music, look no further.This album is very slick. There is something for everyone, even two remixed danceable tracks for your clubbing friends. There is the not-Kate Bush track, "Organic," the not-The Sundays track, "Tiny Diamonds" and the obligatory cover. This time it was of INXS' "Need You Tonight."Woman is 18 tracks and 62 minutes long and is the album you can buy anyone. There really aren't any weak spots, just a lot of different stuff to listen to.