Singer songwriter and pianist Rachael Sage has come up with a new CD that just
takes you higher. If the first CD made one feel good all over, this one just does
it better. Maturing with a natural ease, Rachael has been taking her wonderful
omnipresent being closer to the people with each realease.
This CD brings you her most recent offerings, ones which we fans have heard
her develop while playing at Mercury Lounge, Arlene's Grocery and The Sidewalk
Cafe. Solo versions of some of these are actually at MusicTV, or OnlineTV's
To me, this woman is growing with a sound that starts out like Kate Bush, but
takes it to new and wonderous heights. The voice of an angel that calls out
in the dark mist to bring you to fabulous candy colored mountains and sweet
delights. - From HOTSTUFF-NYC.COM
Harmony Ridge Music Review:
Rachael Sage has said that Ani DiFranco and others have been a big influence
in her musical career. When I first heard "Smashing The Serene", I
thought of Ani, but I also heard someone that has the talent , enthusiasm, creativity
and soul to mark out a distinct place of her own.
Sometimes when a artist gets labeled as another so and so, or the second so
and so, it's difficult not only for the artist, but also the fans of the so
and so artist. This seems to be the trend so far in the early career of Rachael
Sage with respect to Ani DiFranco. I was a huge Dylan fan in the early days,
and so many new artists were labeled the second Dylan, or the new Dylan. I resented
the comparisons and sometimes would refuse to listen to the new "Dylan".
Bruce Springsteen (for some still unexplainable reason to me) was labeled the
new Dylan. I would not listen to him, or extend any credit to him. Later I realized
there can not be a second Dylan or a second anyone. Bruce Spingsteen was not
the second Dylan, he was Bruce Springsteen, a unique, talented artist forging
his own path.
It's "standing on the shoulders of giants" that launch people to
even greater heights. However, it takes a certain drive, determination, and
talent to even make it to the giant's shoulders. To me Rachael Sage has all
those qualities and more. When I first heard her, Ani flashed in my mind, and
I would have lost interest pretty quick if I sensed just a shallow copy, but
that was not the case. Rachael Sage will forge a distinct place of her own in
the musical annals because she has all the ingredients for that kind of success.
When I listen to a CD for the first time and reach for the lyric sheet, that’s
a good sign that my attention has been captured, and that’s how "Smashing
The Serene" strikes me. The lyrics are thoughtful, intelligent and deserve
careful scrutiny. For example from
"Air We Share"
"Black is the breath embracing a loveless vein and
Slow is the death of lust in an empty train may
Crash into rock and suffer the ancient truth that
All that we are is all that we fear to do"
Of course the lyrics are only part of the story, you need to listen to the
music to appreciate what I would consider a genuine rising star. - Jack