Liz Longley | Take You Down

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Take You Down

by Liz Longley

Silky vocals with engaging melodies and fresh lyrics distinguish this young singer songwriter in her debut release.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Something You Should Know
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2. Whatever Goes Up
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3. Yes or No
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4. Different Love Song
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5. Devil On My Shoulder
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6. Take You Down
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7. Lose My Mind
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8. Answer Me
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9. I'll Be There
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10. Invisible
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11. Jane
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“This voice won’t stay small long”, observed the The Washington Post Express. “Longley… seems destined for a bigger audience.” Even music icon John Mayer, who surprised Liz and fellow Berklee music students when he broke into an impromptu rendition of Liz’s song ‘Queen’, has described her music as “Gorgeous…just gorgeous!”

The internet has been equally effusive about Longley’s music. Liz was voted the No. 1 all-time female vocalist on Garageband.com in both acoustic and folk categories.

During the past year, recognition of Longley’s songwriting has been building. She was selected as a New Folk Finalist at the renowned Kerrville Folk Festival competition in Texas. The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival invited her to be a part of their Emerging Artist Showcase. Her song "Rush" took first place in Berklee's annual songwriting competition and she was awarded Berklee’s top songwriting honor, the Scott Benson Scholarship. Longley was also asked to represent the college in a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Liz can be found performing throughout the Northeast as a solo artist, as a duo with Sarah Zimmermann, or with her band. Liz has performed at the Philly Folkfest, Club Passim’s, Tupelo Music Hall, Philly’s World Café and the Kennedy Center. She has shared the stage with Nanci Griffith, Kenny Rankin, Livingston Taylor, Jonathan Edwards and Jesse Colin Young.

This summer Liz is releasing her 2nd full length CD, Somewhere in the Middle, produced by Grammy Award winner Glenn Barratt at Morningstar Studios.


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Danny, 35, Los Angeles

Delicious voice......
The kind of female singing voice I want to hear in the darkness of the night, wrapping me in its sexy warmth.

vern

FANTASTIC!
i have a lot of cd's with a few good songs and some duds; however, every song on this cd is just GREAT!

heinz

Great album!
Well balanced and every song keeps the high level of good feeling coming. My favourite is Lose My Mind (written by Sarah Zimmermann). It has that Doobie Brothers groove, lightness and intruiging vocal harmonies. Liz's rendition of Circle Game easily stands comparison with the original. Great artist.

Quincy

Polished and smooth as silk
A lot of independent records sell via popularity contests...you're a myspace/facebook/whatever friend, so you overlook all of the bad production quality and still smile.
This is not the case here. Liz is a pro, with a real gift for vocal precision and understated beauty. Her songs pull emotion out of you and give you perspective.
I'm amazed that this was done as an independent album...the production quality is as high as I've heard on any other independent album I've ever owned. I value the CD a lot...

Sara Hunt

Words cannot describe how great this CD is!
With looks similar to LeAnn Rimes, Liz Longley was voted number one all time female vocalist in Garageband.com’s acoustic category in 2006. Now working with acclaimed male artist John Meyer, Liz Longley’s album Take You Down is breathtakingly beautiful and lyrically outstanding.

Something You Should Know is a fantastic opening track. Liz has a delicate yet forceful voice. This is a catchy number with a truly modern feel. Although a lively number this song is full of gentle overtones.

Whatever Goes Up is a much slower number written by Liz. This is a tender ballad featuring Diane Monroe on violin. This sad track talks about how everything that goes up must come down ‘with a crash and a burn and a cry’.

Yes Or No picks up the pace once more. This track has a light, airy feel to it with catchy lyrics in the chorus. If you like breezy modern country then this is the song for you.

Different Love Song is a powerful ballad again written by Liz. Liz’s voice is allowed to shine through on this stunning track. This is a definite ten out of ten track – outstanding!

Devil On My Shoulder is a heavier track than the previous tracks on this album. There is a subtle touch of blues permeating throughout this track. This track shows another side to Liz’s vocal talents and it is a pleasing one. Take You Down is the title track of this album and was written by Liz and Bill Deasy. Again this is a much heavier number, which allows Liz to really amp up her vocals and show the world what she is made of.

Lose My Mind was written by Liz’s close friend Sarah Zimmermann, who also plays acoustic guitar on this gentle track. This is an enjoyable track, which sees the mood slowed down once again. The constant changes in pace throughout this album are what makes it stand out from the crowd. Liz keeps the listener on their toes throughout this album.

Answer Me is a striking number written by Liz. This song is full of powerful lyrics that will blow the listener away ‘oh my god you’re bleeding, just don’t open your eyes’. Liz’s voice is haunting on this poignant number that could easily bring a tear to the listener’s eye. This is one of the best emotional/moving songs I have heard in years. Song writing at its very best. For me this is the stand out song of the whole CD.

I’ll Be There sees Liz take a turn on the piano. This is another top notch emotional ballad. It would be so easy to compare Liz to the likes of SheDaisy or Faith Hill but that would be an unfair comparison to make. Liz is very much her own woman and her superior singing/writing talents speak for themselves.

Invisible is a cheery upbeat number, after two heartfelt ballads it is nice to have a fresh catchy number to lift the mood. Jane is another song written by Liz. Although an upbeat track this song contains some great lyrics, which deal with some difficult issues.

The final track on this ‘outstanding’ album is Circle Game, written by Joni Mitchel. This seems a fitting song to end such a brilliant collection of songs on. This album gives the listener something of an emotional rollercoaster ride and this parting offering is another beautiful and emotive song. Liz is joined on vocals by Sarah Zimmermann, who sounds very much like Linda Ronstadt. I look forward to hearing more from Sarah Zimmermann in the future. The guitar and bass on this track are unobtrusive allowing both Liz and Sarah’s voices to take centre stage.

At the end of the album you are left thinking ‘wow’. Plaudits aplenty for this twelve track masterpiece. Each and every song on this CD is a carefully crafted work of art lovingly woven together to create something special.