Shanna Zell | Hurricane Season

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Hurricane Season

by Shanna Zell

(Not-so)-Chick-Rock.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Ecstasy Parade
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2. The Dig
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3. What You Said About Love
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4. 46th St.
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5. Under the Milky Way
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6. Don't Go
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7. Midnight Tide
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8. Very Last Cliff of the Universe
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9. The Flatlands
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10. Just Like the Others
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11. Kitchen Light
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Shanna Zell has been singing about the gritty details of love and sordid facts of life since she first picked up a guitar over 10 years ago. With her dark lyrical style and emotional performances, Shanna transcends the typical boundaries of a female folk-rock singer. Her love of performing is her starting point, her deep introspective writing is her natural compulsion, and her desire to simultaneously connect with the curious, the lonely, the broken-hearted and the in-love is where the three meet on stage.

Shanna moved to NYC 6 years ago and since then has entertained large crowds at notable venues including Rockwood Music Hall, Joe’s Pub, The Living Room, The Knitting Factory, Southpaw, and the 92nd Street Y. The release of her first full-length album, Hurricane Season in 2006 received rave reviews. The album is a tumultuously exciting listening-experience whose poetic, honest songs combine passion for the adventure in city life with a hint of growing pains. Shanna can also be found singing with the NY based critically-acclaimed Americana group The Ramblers.

Shanna is gearing up to record a brand new EP, her first recording in over 4 years, and it will be a departure in both style and in theme. What once was an exploration of dramatic, entangled love affairs is now a thoughtful study on self-growth and personal discovery. The challenge is adulthood, and the songs are stories from that early 20’s battle against time, one with which we can all emphatically relate. Joining Shanna on the album will be a rotating cast of close musician friends, including Zellots Matt Wigton and Scott Stein. She is thrilled to be kicking off her campaign with Pledge Music to raise funds for the promising new release.


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This album (like its hurricane title...) will blow you away !
I've been fortunate enough to catch Shanna play live and her dynamic voice is truly amazing. Her songs are REAL and really really intense. This young lady truly gives every inch of her heart and soul away in these powerful tunes. Buy the record and if your lucky enough to have her play in your town... be sure to go to the show !!

Secret Admirer

A Powerful, Pulsating and Alluring Lesson in Love
Her voice lures you in and allows you to drinks from her lips. Her guitar cups your face and makes Love to your soul and her composition will enrapture your every sense. Shanna's performance on this album will make you wish you were stung to her instrument for she will certainly tune you in.

Mark S. Young

Shanna Zell Blows with a Force Into NY Music Scene
A wind is blowing hard into the New York music scene.. Soulfoul like Tori, a bit of Alanis’s anger mixed with the rock edge of a Liz Phair, 22 year old singer-songwriter Shanna Zell provides a breath of fresh air with melody and touching lyrics perfect to bring the public out of the doldrums of today’s manufactured pop, lame hip-hop, or whiny ballads.

Zell’s Hurricane Season starts off loud and direct, the drums hammering listeners into the “Ectascy Parade.” “Running to the money but it’s the music that I’m craving,” Zell makes it perfectly obvious of her passion to be a rock star, but her lyrics are not without soul and creativity. The music is well produced and in sync with Shanna’s ear-soothing voice, stylish bass lines and quality guitar rifts from lead Jeremiah Burnbaum.

The first two tracks, including “The Dig,” are rock heavy and loud, but Hurricane Season is multidimensional, providing listeners with slower guitar tunes, piano ballads, and great pop that had several colleagues of mine dancing around the office. Slow ballads, including “46th St.” and “Don’t Go,” magnify Zell’s lyrical abilities and very appealing vocals. She is not, however, without a sense of anger and frustration. Make sure your kids aren’t listening to Flatlands, as I found myself back in high school reminded of Alanis’s Jagged Little Pill. Like Morrisette in 1995, Zell is young, but already has a strong sense of musical maturity.

I am partial to the great pop tune, and if you need a great folk-rock pick me up sail down to Track #7, “Midnight Tide.” Zell masters the art of transforming the simple acoustic chord progression into a light, meaningful, upbeat, pop-tune that in my opinion belongs on the Top 40 charts right now. It is on constant repeat on my I-pod and will have you “spinning like the mirrors on a disco-ball.”

The overall appeal for Hurricane Season is its diversity and coherent flow. It has pick-me ups, cool downs, and provides for auditory mysterious journeys. Close your eyes during Zell’s creative cover of the Church’s “Under the Milky Way,” it will whisk you away. There are tracks you can click straight to depending on your mood, but the album also flows nicely as a unit. In this era of I-Tunes and track downloads the album as a work of art may be obsolete, but Hurricane Season makes a case for the album as an art itself. Let’s just say I am glad that the first full length CD I bought in two years was Hurricane Season.

There is certainly room for growth in Zell’s music. She could do without reverb in some songs, and many musical effects included in “Flatlands” or ‘The Dig” are maybe too elaborate, critical only because she proves her melodic talent just fine without any bells and whistles. On that point, don’t forget to listen and pay attention to the last two tracks. “Kitchen Light” especially will have you falling into a daydream we have all experienced, strife, victory, loss, love, and searching all rolled into 4minutes and 15 seconds. She has a mastery of rhythm on guitar and piano that is on par with many major label acts.

Zell’s performance at her CD release party at the Makor Café on November 19th exuberated an overwhelming sense of confidence on stage. She not only lives and breathes her music but she loves performing it, which is revealed on the CD as well. The 2005 season of Hurricanes may have ended November 30th, but Hurricane Season is a good listen any time of the year. For Zell, I hope this is just her first storm to hit.

Johnny Flew

Impressive
Really cool packaging. This girl voice is super dynamic, its like Tori Amos meets Ani DiFranco... the lyrics seem really personal and revealling. A+ This is the perfect record to kick back at the end of a day and open up a bottle of wine.

Ken Lawrence

what she says about love, well you'll not forget
it's great to hear the ladies make powerful yet verry lady like music. Shanna zell is much better then her 22 years would show. Ecstasy parade and what you said about love are the only 2 songs i sampled but like the title of this one said What shanna says about love think you'll like it. with radio in New York picking up on hd, maybe she'll find a home on the air in her home town. she sure found a place on my computer.