Singer/songwriter Kimberly Forness Wilson shuffles jazz and blues on new CD
(Published: April 27, 2012)
The butterfly soul could be a symbol of spiritual renewal. The title of the latest album from Kimberly Forness Wilson, it's a poetic notion, the idea that our inner selves burst from a cocoon at a certain age and soar through the heavens. No, not in terms of death and the afterlife but in the living present, when dreams are finally pursued with bold self-confidence and unstoppable courage. And it must look beautiful, too, as this record shimmers with a sun-kissed loveliness that is difficult to resist.
Vocalist Wilson is one of those rare singers who can effortlessly juggle various styles. On Butterfly Soul, a collection of original tunes written by Wilson and co-arranged by Eylands, Wilson swings back and forth from jazz to blues without losing any sharpness. On "It's Too Late," Wilson is playful, her voice as giddy as Kristian Eylands' trumpet. However, the upbeat tone of Wilson's singing cleverly sweetens the break-up bitterness in her lyrics. "You had your chance, but it's too late," she laments, detailing the evidence in her lover's cheating ways. Eyelands' jamming, crisply played acoustic guitar intensifies the song's emotional wounds.
While "It's Too Late" unveils Wilson's affection for jazz, "Complicated" and "Wonderland" reveal her passion for the blues. "Complicated" sizzles with Wilson's sultry, smoking voice. There is a silky smoothness to Wilson's singing that makes it accessible and comforting to listeners who aren't taken by the sometimes rough, raw edges of the blues. On "Wonderland," Eylands' deep, fiery riffing reflects the heartbroken pieces of the blues, glued together by the butterfly soul in Wilson's voice.
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