Aimée Allen: L’Inexplicable
Aimée Allen on Vocals
Richard Padron on Guitar
Misha Piatigorsky on Piano, Keyboards, Percussion
Scott Richie on Bass
Willard Dyson on Drums
Kahlil Kwame Bell on Percussion
Nioka Workman on Cello
Gino Sitson on Udu
Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
October 12, 2008
Just when we need a great new, hot vocalist, who sings in impeccable French, Aimée Allen comes along. Ms. Allen writes her own compositions, sings with native French proficiency, and adds exotic instrumentation, so that each track stands on its own with memorable, melodious music. One track is in English, but, the Francophile that I am encouraged me to focus on the eight French tracks. There were no translations on the insert, but I could translate enough to know that many of the songs relate to relationships, the essence of nature, and the seasons. Aimée Allen is truly a rare performer, with innate talent, sophistication, and vocal beauty.
All tracks below composed solely by Aimée Allen, except Track #5, in collaboration with David Allen and Jean-Christophe Maillard. All tracks arranged and produced by Aimée Allen, co-produced by Misha Piatigorsky.
#2 – Femme d’Ebène This song has a clave rhythm and band-chorus that rivets the listener. Aimée Allen sings with cognac-infused suaveness, and she blends her vocals with Misha Piatigorsky’s eclectic keyboard and piano combinations. There are Middle-Eastern tones that deeply enhance the complexity of this track.
#5 – Fin de Septembre This track hints of the autumnal transitions in season and mood, with a fluid song that embraces keyboard improvisations, guitar, and percussion. Ms. Allen is reminiscent of chanteuses, such as Nana Mouskouri and Françoise Hardy, and her band follows in this authentic tradition.
#6 - Les Nuages The cello is elegantly featured in this track, adding a soulful dimension and slightly mournful tone. Ms. Allen’s eloquent vocals are meshed with Misha Piatigorsky’s smooth accompaniment.
#9 - Scènes de Ménage Each piano note floats like a raindrop, in the background of Ms. Allen’s elongated lyrics, making this song one of the most mesmerizing. Aimée Allen’s compositions are infused with real style, no frills, and the potential for a prolific career.
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