"Been Here Before" CDR
Genres: singer / songwriter, adult alternative, soft
Aug 25 - Aug 31 2003
Marie is a female vocalist who writes and sings simple,
inoffensive pop songs that are often drab and uninteresting. Her
back-up musician, Jools O'Kelly (who looks a bit like
"Whose Line Is It Anyway" comedian Ryan Stiles), is barely
noticeable on Been Here Before save for some piano parts and a
bit of backing vocals. So, put simply, this album is pretty much all Katie,
who is somewhere in between Sarah McLachlan and Sheryl Crow
in musical style.
I cannot recommend Been Here Before because it doesn't offer
anything particularly notable. The song "Star" sticks out as
a fairly catchy, adult alternative style pop tune with a nice piano
and vocal feel, but it goes on for too long. The rest of the songs are
moderately catchy but they will not earn repeated listens from any
Katie Marie needs to focus her attention on writing more
interesting songs that don't borrow so much from music that has
already been done before. She obviously has some songwriting talent,
but needs to channel it into more creative and unconventional ideas.
Otherwise, she'll remain ignored like all the other thousands of
female pop singers out there.
[Vitals: 6 tracks, distributed by the
artist, released 2002]