CD review: My Journey (Karise Eden)
My Journey (Karise Eden)

  • Karise Eden *

_My Journey _

_Universal _

REVIEW *ARA JANSEN *

A quick straw poll reveals a genuine fan base for Karise Eden, The Voice's inaugural winner. She has a gutsy and powerful voice but a song an episode is not 13 songs on an album where the New South Wales singer comes across as a one-trick pony. She's not Carrie Underwood yet but, for a first go, Eden has harnessed what she's got. My Journey is a compilation of covers Eden performed during the 10-week show, some newly recorded tracks and her winner's single, You Won't Let Me. Based around a bluesy and soulful voice, songs like Hound Dog have a touch of Steamy Windows while Nothing's Real But Love is soul meets Linda Perry. On songs like Hallelujah, where Eden pulls out all the stops, you know she owns a formidable voice which is all heart rather than perfect technique. Eden's voice belies her 19 years, mixing old-school sentiment and arrangements with new-school delivery. If there wasn't such a rush to capitalise on this newly discovered singer, greater instrumental depth probably would have helped her vocal variety. Experience will show Eden how to use her voice in more than one way to create a greater variety in her delivery and cultivate a deeper richness. With echoes of Joss Stone, Duffy, Nikka Costa and Janis Joplin, stay tuned for the next instalment.

The West Australian

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