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Gently Hard

by Malina

Refined, melodic and musically rich pop rock songs with echoes of Natalie Merchant, Sheryl Crow, Carole King and Alanis Morrissette. Smooth modern jazz influences.
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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1. Lemon Cake
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2. To Be Like You
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3. I'm Glidin'
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4. Here to Stay
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5. Since You Came
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6. Your Grace
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7. Daylight
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8. Gently Hard
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9. Better Days
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10. How Long
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11. Teardrops
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12. Back to Myself
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13. By Your Side
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14. Reach Out
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Album Notes
This album is a pop rock gem, hidden on the shelves for more than 5 years. Finally it sees the light through Cd Baby ! Exceptional singer and songwriter Malina, equally talented in performing pop and jazz, co-writes these great songs with musician-producer-composer Filippo Gaetani (Tessa Drummond,AdrinaThorpe) during 1997 and 1999. With the collaboration of talented musicians as Marco Baracchino, Fabio Marchiori (Linton Kwesi Johnson), drummers Fabrizio Morganti (Dennis Bovell, Modena city ramblers, Piero Pelu), Andrea Pellegrini and Walter Paoli (Stefano Bollani,Kenny Wheeler,Tony Scott), the album was recorded at Le Bozze studios in Tuscany,Italy. it was then beautifully mastered by Julian Lowe at Metropolis Mastering, London.
The album also features guest star pianist Stefano Bollani playing accordion on “Lemon cake” and Stefano Cocco Cantini playing a sax solo on “Back to myself”.
“I’m glidin’” and “Gently hard” received strong airplay in 2000. The remix of the song “By your side”, released on famed Tommy boy label, topped US billboards in year 2000 at #12, having succes especially in the Bay area. “By your side” was also featured in the TV series “Queer as folk”. The song “Reach out” was also remixed and played worldwide. The song “Teardrops” is featured in the short movie “Under the leaves” (Sotto le foglie) starring Valerio Mastrandrea and Cecilia Dazzi. The movie is receiving several international awards.


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Chessica * Malina - Fabulous CD

This is a truly wonderful CD! Malina's voice is very beautiful and she captures the emotions on her songs.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Malina's music has a natural, built-in way of pushing up against boundaries like the unseen buds of spring that, tender as they are, gently force their heads through rock and dirt to find the sunlight. What first stands out so immediately is the well-organized sonic space, the thoughtful textures (none of that just layering one instrument on top of another) and a breath-catching, consistently-surprising turn of harmonic color. When your ear is pulled in unpredictable directions with "Gently Hard"(a surprising key change, a clever modulation, secondary chords and a bridge that changes the entire context of the last few minutes), you find yourself unable to let go until the end of the disc, always wondering what's around the next corner. While her influences sneak in here and there, that of Carole King, Sheryl Crow and Alanis Morrissette, her hybrid of piano pop, folk pop and a touch of rock is distinct and notable.


It's a long time I was searching for this wonderful album, were my drum teacher, Fabrizio Morganti, has recorded many tracks. I live in Italy and I don't been able to find this cd!
Thank you cdbaby!
Sorry for my english!
Steno ;-)

Alan Want

Hauntingly Beautiful
One of the most hauntingly beautiful collections of music I've heard in years. Malina's voice is mesmerizing with terrific clarity and range. The music is well written and arranged with the flow of a gently flowing river. This cd is a must-have for the serious listener.

Alan Want

I'm not sure why this album wasn't on the shelves a long time ago
but it was worth waiting for. One of the best cd's I've bought in
years. Wish I could find more bio info on you. I've introduced
several friends to Gently Hard and they all want to know who this
Malina is behind the hauntingly melodic voice. Thanks for a terrific
musical experience.