I don’t review many vocal albums, but when Juliet Lyons approached me to possibly review her debut recording, My Siren Song
, I was impressed and intrigued with the samples I heard of her music. A classically-trained, conservatory-educated singer who composes most of her own music and writes her own lyrics, there is no doubt in my mind that Lyons will be turning more than a few musical heads with her three-octave voice and poetic, socially/environmentally aware messages. I find it fascinating how Lyons’ voice can go from plush velvet softness to edgy operatic heights within a few breaths. She obviously has full control of her “instrument” to convey a full spectrum of colors and moods. Lyons also performed much of the instrumentation, but also has a few guests artists who add guitars, congas, violin, and guest vocals on various of the ten tracks. The liner notes contain the lyrics, but I don’t think anyone will have a problem understanding Lyons as she sings.
“My Dreaming Mind” begins our musical voyage with a song about the joys and mysteries of dreams. Even on the first track, we are treated to the full range of Lyons’ voice, accompanied by minimal instrumentation. I love the line that says, “Reality is sweetly undefined.” That’s what I like about dreaming, too! The title track is a standout both lyrically and musically. The voice of one of the Sirens seductively beckons to someone on the shore to come to her, promising safety, love, and comfort. Who could resist? “Behind the Future” is an anthem and call to action to find peaceful coexistence and to save the planet. “Other Side Of the Moon” is an elegant love song to a secret lover and passionate nights “amid the stars and moonbeams.” “Voyage” is another standout. The lyrics are mysterious and Lyons’ passion is tangible as she sings of a voyage of hope and freedom as well as “only black linings in silver clouds can be seen by tragic eyes.” I love “Dreaming of the Hajar,” an exotic instrumental piece with wordless vocals in the background. “Steal My Secret” is a breathless song of forbidden love with a pulsing rhythm and Lyons’ magical voice. The closing track is another version of “My Siren Song
” with more accompaniment, rhythm, and sound effects.
My Siren Song
is a very polished and impressive debut, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more from Juliet Lyons. CDs and downloads are available from julietlyons.com
, CD Baby, and Amazon. Check it out!