Leona Naessby Leona Naess
Singer/songwriter Leona Naess left behind her treasured New York City for Los Angeles when it came to record her third album. She and producer Ethan Johns wanted to get back to basics for her third self-titled release and, instead of working in large studio, the two retreated to a warm, homely place they named Alley Studios. In lieu of that slick, electronic sound that was prominent on 2001's I Tried to Rock You But You Only Roll, Naess formed a three-piece band consisting of herself on guitar, Johns on drums, and Richard Causon on piano for her most beautiful material to date. Naess is a vocal darling and Johns accents her smoky, inviting vocals with a simple orchestration of strings and acoustic guitars. Leona Naess is rich in organic tones, which are surrounded by love's many colors. Naess is in love with love and the album itself floats on that theme. She casts love in a fresh, new light despite having her heart broken on occasion and breaking a few hearts herself, and the 11-song set is split to reflect love's many idiosyncrasies. From the piano-driven "Dues to Pay" and the soft bounce of "He Is Gone," Naess figures out that the most perfect love is of the mind. Letting go of unhealthy love is sometimes painful, but this album allows that to be an OK thing. Naess makes it easy to breathe regardless of the situation. "It's Called Desire" is evident of that with its warm embrace, while glorious feelings soaked in bass drops and woodwinds dance on "Home." Naess was conscious in getting things just so with this record and such an effort resulted in some of her most realized work yet. Her confidence blossomed this time around and vocally, she's never sounded so good. When it comes down to it, Leona Naess sings about what most everyone wants to find: love sweet love.
- Release Date:
- Geffen Records
Performance CreditsLeona Naess Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Guitar (7 String Electric)
Chris Thomas String Bass
Jennifer Condos Bass Guitar
Julie Gigante Violin
Ethan Johns Dulcimer,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Guitar (7 String Electric),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
David Low Cello
Simon Oswell Viola
Jay Bellerose Drums
Chris Stills Acoustic Guitar
Richard Causon Piano
Shanti Randall Viola
Phillip Levy Violin
David H. Speltz Cello
Technical CreditsEthan Johns Composer,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Leona Naess Composer
Richard Causon Composer,String Arrangements
Ricardo Cinalli Illustrations
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I added this gem to our collection after buying and loving "Thirteens" (which is a masterpiece). This is Leona sounding more like early Joni Mitchell or early Edie Brickell. Leona does a very nice job of walking the line being being earnest and melodic versus sounding sappy and trite. Lots of guitars and hushed tones, and of course that silken voice. This is from the gut, touching stuff that stands up to repeated listening. "Star signs" tugs at my heart every time. And isn't that what listening to music is all about? Ms. Naess deserves more praise and fame as a songwriter than she currently receives. My wife and I eagerly await new work!
Leona Naess is an amazing and talented musician. She has a beautiful voice and absolutely wonderful music. I've listened to several tracks on this cd and can't wait to buy it!! My favorite is definitely Ballerina. If you haven't heard her music I suggest listening to it NOW!!!
I've got to say that out of all three of Leona's albums, this recent self-titled CD is definitly my choice. She has come a long way since her first release, "Comatised". Leona's overall style and lyrics have matured, which is apparent through her laid- back rock style and beautiful/haunting voice. If you're not familiar with Leona, then I would reccomend this album to acquaint yourself with her because she's definitly matured and come a long way as an artist.