Our favourite Sellaband artist Mandyleigh Storm releases her debut album Fire & Snow on March 10th 2008. So what’s the album like? To get a balanced opinion I also asked Adam to review it too. [Disclosure: We invested a small amount in Mandyleigh via Sellaband. Read about it here.]
There are many highlights of the album, to listen to some free tracks whilst reading this, you can download “Deep Sea Green”, “Cry Hard” or “Let It Go” for no charge from Sellaband and the whole album for only $3.50.
It’s not often a new artist comes along and you can recognise their voice instantly, but hers is one. A excellent opening with Deep Sea Green, followed by one of my favourites, Winter’s Day. Slightly “toned down” for the album, it’s apparently all about a relationship breaking down but you still want to save it. Love it! With strong album themes regarding depression, several tracks such as Go With It and Keep The Silence certainly don’t depress with the latter more a traditional pop song with a pop beat, that shows her versatility.
Sunny New Day is a change of pace and uptempo and is Adam’s current second favourite. My actual favourite is Grey, another song about depression. Adam had heard this one before a while ago and once it starts it was like a nice reminder of things past (if that makes sense). The simple music means the voice does a lot of work – lucky it’s a good one. Quite slow and sad but not soppy, it’s like the end of a film or something, very familiar and easy listening.
The Limited Edition CD also comes with 6 of the demo mp3’s, a video interview with Mandyleigh, and vocal .wav’s of “Keep The Silence” and “Go With It” for the remixers and mashup artists out there.
Green credentials? Well you can download the album for a start, with three tracks being free and the entire album only $3.50. Plus efforts have been taken with regards to the Limited Ediiton CD packaging to produce it in as an environmentally sustainable way as possible.
Overall, I love this album as much as I hoped I would, a stunning debut from a unique singer. Download the free tracks, and if you like them buy the album. Either way, let us know what you think!