Veronica Puleo/Read Between The Lives/MMI Records

Filed under: Recorded Music,Reviews — doktorjohn November 14, 2007 @ 2:43 am

This singer-songwriter, originally from NJ, moved to Miami and is now a fixture in LA’s live music scene for the past 8 years. She chose the folk-rock idiom for her autobiographical retrospective on the various “lives” she has lived, first growing up a subjugated daughter in a Sicilian home then through various stages of liberation, maturation and artistic success. Her wide-ranging vocals are sweet and supple, reminiscent of Tracy Chapman. People in her past who tried to suppress her personal fulfillment are given retroactive castigations in darkly poetic pieces like “Rearview Mirror,” “I’m Still Me” and “Light of Truth.” Although the overall attitude is often bitter, the compositions, her voice and her arrangements are always beautiful. All is not accusation. Some tracks are retrospectives of gratitude and admiration. The finale is a jaunty, ironic Italian folksong song that makes peace between Veronica and the past that she does not totally reject.
B+ In a word: Bittersweet

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