Sonya Kitchell - Joni Mitchell - Young Sonya Kitchell's Soph Drop Delivers A Reminiscent Folk Sound
May 28, 2009
"This Storm," , Kitchell's sophomoric release is an amazing CD. I had never heard of Kitchell but thought I'd give her music a try. I am glad that I did. Sonya sound is Joni Mitchell meets Fiona Apple, meet Phoebe Snow witha touch of Leonard Cohen's lyrics added in for good measure. Sonya is billed as a jazz artist but I see her as more of a folk rock ballad singer and moreover a great songwriter. Her debut album, 2006's Words Came Back To Me, released when she was only 16, had critics falling over themselves in praise. This is the first release since the critically-acclaimed Words Came Back To Me and this release really showcases Sonya's evolution from an emerging young artist into a young, sophisticated musician and strong lyrical songwriter.
Kitchell is Herbie Hancock's latest and greatest protege. After hearing Kitchell sing, Hancock invited her to perform with him and his all-star band at the Sonoma Jazz Festival in 2006. Hancock tapped Kitchell to sing in his band as he toured the West Coast last year in support of his Grammy-Award winning album River- The Joni Letters.
The album's strong lead track, "For Every Drop" has a strong rock sound, "Running" has a country twang, "Fire" is also a strong rock offering, and alternative/pop of "This Storm" and "Who Knows After All" could be breakthrough hits. However, the strongest and most favorite tracks for me are with "Soldiers Lament", "Walk Away" and "Robin In The Snow". They are the beautiful arranged and haunting acoustic offerings of Kitchell. If you enjoy the musical stylings of Joni Mitchell, love the sound of a breathy Fiona Apple, adore the lyrics of Leonard Cohen or Phoebe Snow you will certainly enjoy Sonya Kitchell!