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Louise Carver - Silent Scream

2007-06-25 14:58
 
Silent Scream, Louise Carver’s second full length album, should not fit naturally into a chauvinist’s CD-collection.

With its quarter-life crisis lyrics, pastel glamour cover art and general ‘love-me-don’t-leave’ sense of being, Silent Scream is very much the antithesis of your average 20-something South African bugger’s frame of musical reference. Yet my car’s 6-shuttle CD-changer has remained fixed on disc-3 for a week now. And Silent Scream occupies the disc-3 slot. Inexplicable? Not quite.

Carver, with her fragile appearance, guilt inducing lyrics and striking delivery straddles the divide between professional production and artistic authenticity at a standard not readily encountered on the South African music landscape. Silent Scream is a very professional sounding production, yet for somebody who has seen Carver perform live, some of the studio arrangements seem trivial considering the purity of her voice. Track one, "Empty Fantasy”, is a case in point, where the intro, a guitar and synthesizer backing affair, will have you wondering if you have the right album spinning.

On the whole though, tracks like “Harder Than I Thought”, “Move Closer” and “Hold My Hand” are quintessential Carver: lyrically poignant, melodious and hauntingly delivered by her rich vocals. The emotionally brooding delivery just wins you over in the end.

On the whole though, tracks like “Harder Than I Thought”, “Move Closer” and “Hold My Hand” are quintessential Carver: lyrically poignant, melodious and hauntingly delivered by her rich vocals. The emotionally brooding delivery just wins you over in the end.

Carver pens her own lyrics, and, strung along by her classical piano and vocal training they underline the mature, yet accessible feel of her work. It is sacrilege to compare artists, but let's do it anyway: Carver is probably the closest thing we have to a South African Sheryl Crow, or Jewel.

–Lance Branquinho
Silent Scream is archetypical Carver, which means beautiful, brooding, introspective female vocals slickly delivered to an international standard by an outstanding local talent.

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