Strong, soulful sounds kick-start this debut album by upcoming artist Denai Moore, and sets the tone for the rest of it.
In Elsewhere, sadness seems to be the key theme; a slow, painful, burning sadness that makes its presence felt through every word and every pulsing beat. Perfect breakup music. Denai Moore’s voice is powerful – it penetrates the hearts of listeners and evokes feelings of unhappiness and regret. However, the whole album is like this. Listening to it all in one sitting is perhaps a bit much.
Maybe the real stars of the show, therefore, are the melodies. The vast array of instruments, and the dynamic beats and pace of the music behind Denai’s vocals in each song is so diverse that it captures the ears of listeners with more force than her singing ever does. Throughout much of the tracks, the crescendos and diminuendos are not matched by her voice, which tends to remain at the same pitch. This, it must be said, is a little saddening.
Despite the negatives, Elsewhere is a fine example of the passion and emotion that new artists need to exhibit in order to pique the interests of experienced audiences. Maybe Denai Moore needs to add a little more fuel to the fire, but it’s still a captivating album nonetheless.
Top Tracks: “Piano Song” and “Last Time”
Elsewhere is out on Because Music on Monday 6th April 2015.
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