Lis Addison | Crown in the Sky

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Crown in the Sky

by Lis Addison

Sultry, earthy, sensuous vocals, wrapped in state-of the-art electronics and infectious, percolating beats...tasty chill-out rhythms and catchy electronica melodies...with lyrics that are a balm for the weary soul and a breath of fresh air.
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2. New World
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3. Look Into Your Eyes
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4. Bring Her Light
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5. Hearts & Bones
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6. Turn to Gold
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7. Crown in the Sky
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8. Carry Me
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9. How Deep
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10. Mother Gaia
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Sultry, earthy, sensuous vocals, wrapped in state-of the-art electronics and infectious, percolating beats...tasty chill-out rhythms and catchy electronica melodies, sometimes laced with reggae/dub influences or a smattering of world beat flavor...each song is a balm for the weary soul and a breath of fresh air.


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Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Unlike her previous album, which focused on vocal sounds and rhythms, Lis Addison’s new release features songs with lyrics. As always, though, social conscience is at the center of this unique artist’s work.

Originally intended as a musical, Crown in the Sky revolves around Addison’s concerns with “Mother Urth and her children.” Addison’s cautionary lyrics and firm vocals, the keyboard/synthesizer electronica instrumentation by her, her husband, and their musical cohorts (including a women’s and children’s choir from Kemba on one track), and the environmentally aware songwriting give this CD the sound and feel of a female version of a new age pop/rock album by Sting, when he was relevant and good. As a result, this makes the disc more accessible to people who may not usually seek out conscientious new age music.

This is a highly enjoyable album for those who like pop/rock vocals with a progressive green message and new age and world music synth sounds.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Excerpt from review on Music and Media Focus
As impressed as I was with the two previous albums by Lis Addison, Crown In The Sky is a fantastic release that reveals a new level of creative achievement. The music truly expresses the energies of earth and sky with its rootsy rhythms and ethereal ambiences, as well as its messages of appreciation (and concern) for our home planet. A percentage of CD sales go to global tree planting projects and organizations that empower women and girls. The album begins, appropriately with a song called “Voice Of The Tree,” which sets the tone for the album with its elements of ambient, new age, jazz, and world music. Her voice on this track has an airy, whispery quality that reminded me a bit of particular songs by Sade, or perhaps Norah Jones, and has a lovely, alluring vocal tone that perfectly fits the vibe of the music and draws you into the song’s misty magic. In addition to her beautiful vocals, on every track, Lis’ extensive experience in music and recording is evident in the fact that she wrote all the songs and lyrics, did all the arrangements, produced the album, and played just about all the instruments. Additional instrumentation included her husband Dean Foster on bass and beats. Also included on select tracks is keyboardist Kit Walker and Christopher Krotky who added additional beats and collaborated with Lis on mixing and mastering.

The title track opens with a lush orchestral intro that evolves into diverse movements throughout the piece. According to Lis: The phrase “Crown In The Sky” describes our human experience in which we are open and receptive to the spiritual realm yet anchored on the earth in the physical realm.” An intriguing artistic alchemy is created on a tune called “Carry Me,” that blends Middle Eastern influences with a funky groove morphing into more of a pop jazz feel on the choruses. On a track called “How Deep,” the sound of Indonesian Gamelan sets the tone as a contemporary urban chill rhythm and fretless bass create the pulse. The album draws to a fitting conclusion with a final tribute to the Earth, entitled “Mother Gaia.” The unique blend of elements that Lis has brought together on this album should appeal to a wide cross section of listeners. This music marks a return to her roots as a songwriter, with contemporary influences of jazz, chill, and world music. I was moved both physically and spiritually by its propulsive energy, evocative melodies, and inspired lyrics. Crown In The Sky is an uplifting and thoroughly delightful listening experience.
To read a full length review of this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

REVIEWS NEW AGE

Fantástico Chill Out!
El sexto álbum de la compositora y cantante Lis Addison es toda una sorpresa para aquellos que hemos seguido su trayectoria. Addison cambia de estilo, internándose en un género más comercial como es el Chill Out. Crown in the Sky se compone de diez rítmicos temas, cantados con una voz dulce, amable, casi susurrante en ocasiones, que va variando su tonalidad al paso de la melodía, mientras candentes percusiones marcan el tempo de la música.

Abre el álbum “Voice Of The Tree”, una pieza que marca el estilo global del CD. En este primer track nos encontramos unos beats y unos teclados inspiradores, relajantes. Una buena manera de comenzar.

Jugando con los estéreos y manteniendo ese seductor ritmo que recuerda a las producciones de algunos grandes sellos instalados en Ibiza, aparece “New World”. Esta pieza, al igual que la anterior, es perfecta para disfrutar de unas buenas vistas a nivel del mar y relajarse.

Hipnótica, atractiva, así es “Look Into Your Eyes”, una canción que, acompañada por los suaves beats y la dulce voz de Addison, forman un tándem perfecto, idóneo para la evasión más absoluta.

La pieza preferida del álbum es “Bring Her Light”, la única pieza que se aleja del Chill Out por unos instantes y se acerca al New Age. La entrada es increíble, a algunos quizás le suene esa introducción de voces. “Bring Her Light” es el resultado de unir la producción de los hermanos Ryan y el Chill Out más puro. Interesante!.

Un sinsentido musical es “Hearts & Bones”, donde synth, beats, teclados y voces suenan al mismo tiempo, jugando con las tonalidades, lo que crea un sonido desordenado, que apoyado por la robótica voz de Addison, crea aún más desconcierto. Algo de música experimental.

En “Turn to Gold”, Lis dobla su voz para crear un eco que acompaña a sus teclados. Nada que resaltar en este track.

“Crown in the Sky” es la pieza que posee una producción más compleja con los teclados, añadiendo dulcimer, guitarra, cuarteto de cuerdas, bajo… Lo que hace que esta pieza sea la más elaborada de todo el álbum, algo que marca la diferencia.

Más ritmo, más contundencia en la música, “Carry Me”. Ésta es quizás la composición más enérgica de todo el álbum, donde Lis Addison juega con los sonidos de los teclados al tempo rápido de los beats. Un poco de Pop que flirtea con el Chill.

Vuelve la tranquilidad, con “How Deep” nos encontramos nuevamente con una dulce mezcla entre Pop y Chill, donde el estribillo consigue crear una melodía hermosa durantes algunos segundos. Otro tema a destacar en Crown in the Sky.

La última composición comienza de manera muy diferente al resto de los temas que componen el álbum, y verdaderamente, es muy atractivo. “Mother Gaia” posee, para no romper el carácter general de este trabajo, un tempo muy cálido, donde la repetición de Mother Gaia se convierte en las dos palabras más sedantes que jamás se han oído.


Lis Addison ha compuesto un álbum perfecto para las cálidas fechas que se aproximan, una música idónea para disfrutar del sol y la tranquilidad del mar. Crown in the Sky es el sexto CD de Lis Addison y se convierte en un trabajo muy diferente a lo que estamos acostumbrados a escuchar, un interesante punto de inflexión en la carrera de Addison, y un álbum que captará más seguidores sin lugar a dudas!.

reviewsnewage.com
07/05/13

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Lis Addison Delivers Sensual Vocals & Earthy Grooves on New Album Crown in the S
Wonderful rich vocals and a great message. Love this!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
Lis Addison’s "Crown in the Sky" is a celebration of the Sacred Feminine and an exploration of the feminine side of nature. All ten of the tracks on the album feature Addison’s silky vocals accompanied by light electronic instrumentation, layered voices, and infectious rhythms. The music came to Addison decades ago as an accompaniment to a performance piece she wrote called “The Daughters of Urth,” a tale about a matriarchy that lives in harmony with nature. She put the project away until the time was right, and recently decided to release the songs without the story since the messages are so pertinent to our lives today. After reworking the music, Addison played most of the backing instruments herself, but Dean Foster, Kit Walker, and Christopher Krotky also lend their talents to several tracks. A percentage of the CD sales goes to global tree planting projects and organizations that empower women and girls.

"Crown in the Sky" begins with “Voice of the Tree,” a gently rocking piece with simple accompaniment and a catchy rhythm that gives it a light jazz feeling - a great start and one of my favorites. “Look Into Your Eyes” has a softly swaying motion and lyrics that ask for mutual understanding and acceptance. “Bring Her Light” includes vocals by Kamba women and children that Addison recorded on a recent visit to Kenya where she says they sang, danced, and planted trees together. One of the most powerful and beautiful songs on the album, this one could become a classic. “Hearts and Bones” is a rhythmic chant backed with electronic instrumentation and bass. The title song has the sweet quality of a folk song or a song for children. It tells about caring for and nurturing a young tree, and the sound of the bodran in the background adds even more charm to the tender voices. The melody for “Carry Me” is smooth and flowing, but the back-up has a lively, dancelike style that provides a fascinating contrast. “How Deep” is more of a human-to-human love song with references to Mother Urth, gratitude, and joy. “Mother Gaia” ends the set with a lovely tribute to the goddess or personification of Earth (from the ancient Greeks). Katie Foster provides background vocals on this one, and her voice blends wonderfully with Addison’s. Slowly flowing with a strong pulse, it brings the album to a haunting close.

"Crown in the Sky" carries a powerful message in a most enjoyable musical format. Check it out!