Chirleison A Whisper
By Ray Van Horn, Jr.
An appropriate title for this disc,
Chirleisons A Whisper, falls somewhere between soothingly sedate
and occasionally narcoleptic. This European trio tinkers with language and
music, mostly to demure effect. While a few things boff these by and large
dignified compositions, Chirleison, in the end, creates an intriguing
acoustic-driven exploration of traditional themes.
The tranquil guitars of Daniele Serra, the neoclassical keys
of Mara Lasi and the floating vocals of Alessia Cicala create an ideal
atmosphere of peace that is sometimes undone by flotsam sequencing, which is a
bummer, particularly on the opening number Medea. The integrity of the
song is lost quite a bit by the hackneyed drum machine and the proof of its
amateurishness is confirmed on the subsequent title track, sans the cheap
beats, and lo it works fabulously!
The acoustic strumming on Canzone Per Anceo
shouldve been enough to sustain this track, yet the interceding key
crashes and sometimes inebriated bass produced by the keyboards threaten to
unravel the attractive melody of the track. The suitably somber tone of
Rosary, however, is one of Chirleisons strongest moments. Its
keyboards produce a reflective nuance, despite the solemn quietude that strains
the ears to partake them. Obviously part of Chirleisons art. Then
theres the Renaissance-spirited I Doni, another of the discs
highlights in which Daniele Serras guitar flows beautifully.
Alessia Cicalas dreamy vocals may not strike
perfection, but they serve Chirleisons purposes nicely. As she is called
upon to sing in English, Italian and French the mere fact she pulls them all
off so effortlessly is utterly commendable. Frankly, to be serenaded by her in
French is as an appealing prospect as would be by Paris Combos Belle du
While Chirleison is adequately grouped by themselves, the
logical extension of their art will be to blend extra players into their soft
and mostly luxuriant compositions. Otherwise, their noticeable deficiencies
will hinder them from elevating their obvious talent.
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