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From The Vault > Hungry Lucy - To Kill a King
Celebrate this album for the exquisitely beautiful strings mixed alongside electronic percussive beats and woven prestinely with Christa Belle's filigree vocals, countered masterfully by the well-depth somber vox of War-N Harrison.
Songs profiled for content (13):
High Price of Mistakes: The girl-next-door sings softly, fertively, at first. Then, awash with pent-up passion, head and arms uplifted, vocal delivery is given emphatic purpose.
Rainfall: The mood reflects remorse tinged by disappointment, self-doubt, and the grief of love's labours lost.
Good Girl: Innocence blooms amid signs of hope amid optimistic, rose-coloured lyrical content. This broken shell of a girl grown physically into womanhood cherishes vicariously the imagined moments of kindness and sincerity doled out by someone in whom she misplaces trust.
You Are: Bursting through the starting gate, this song provides provocative & potent lyrical content while quickly kicking up the pace into a sultry, groove-factor zone. And, then... despite the deliciously upbeat pacing, the dejected lyrical content echoes the forlorn soul forever mired in the muck of an interrupted feminine psyche.
Softly: More remorse, however, at this point, the girl begins to realize and direct blame upon the one that crushes her soul, overwhelming her days and nights with tears.
The Chase: More personal grief and remorse; a grave sense of individual persona lost amid storms of psychological trauma.
Can You Hear Me?: Enter male vocals. Two sides of a story now develop as voices apparently separated by some literal or figurative distance reach out from isolation seeking the solace of the other.
Fool: Reflecting on loss again in the aftermath of so much co-operative self destruction. Learning further the pains of self-doubt, second-guessing one's own motives endlessly; and thus stagnant, stalled by a lack of forward momentum, imprisoned by undermining personal convictions.
A Lifetime Remains: Introspective piano music with sparse electro admonishments with no vocal interruption until near the end in the final seconds of audio.
Stars: Beautiful guitar strumming beneath the innundating traffic of false smiles and mournful optimism, reminescent of a loney day at any Renaissance Faire festival.
Shine: Insightful advice from the broken-hearted for whom itself may have become merely the endless torment of living with grief. However, she speaks of pain ending, fears fading, and wounds healing. This sounds more like optimism, though as she maintains a desire for walls to be broken down from without; imploring others to shine the light down upon herself.
To Kill a King: The theme of "castle walls", which separate and "choke" out the life and mutality of experience with the "world outside", continues. Now, the girl conspires with herself, her only true companion, to strip her king of power, effectively killing the king emotionally and psychologically amid her escape.
My Beloved: The escapee feels remorse, now for the king whom she stripped of power. Herein, she encourages the king accept her lovingly again, understanding that a fresh start may sooth the past and warm their future together. The rose-coloured glasses, not lost amid the turmoil, perpetuate the blinding disservice to the girl's under-developed paradigm.
Remix tracks (14-17) effectively convert softly danceable songs into swiftly revitalized electro-infused dance floor favourites.
~Jett Black / MusicArtery.com
Can you hear me?
This creation is a bit softer/sadder than the previous ones, but it's still nice. I think fans of enchanting female vocals can appreciate this album. I grew attached to 'Can You Hear Me?' (being that I'm a total beat freak), but I was moved by 'Shine' and the remix of 'The Chase' I missed the raw, bouncier elements of the previous albums but this one is soothing and relaxing. I guess if you listen to the first two albums, you'll need a break from all the head-bobbing and humming. I also love how the whole album tells a sobering story. Yay for the happy ending. Bravo. More.