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Is It O.K [Deluxe]

March 1, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • Copyright: 2008 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States excluding Canada.
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  • Total Length: 1:08:01
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  • ASIN: B002U575GU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,549 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Very unique voice and writing style.
Dave M. Shaw
Usually, most of the songs are good, but this CD really knocks my socks off.
granmapuppies
If you haven't heard her yet, I highly recommend you give her a listen.
Ken

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ken on December 8, 2009
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I never heard of Serena Ryder until a few months ago. I saw her on you tube doing a cover of Springsteen's "Racing in the Streets". I was in awe of her dynamic vocals and delivery. So, when this CD came out here in the states I decided to pick it up. What a refreshing, new sound to hear. Un-like so much of todays over produced same ol' same ol' record industry by products, Serena has a style all her own and her voice is absolutely captivating and infectious.

If you haven't heard her yet, I highly recommend you give her a listen. "Is it O.K." is great CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Evans on November 19, 2009
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I haven't heard an album this good in quite a while. Of the hundreds of albums I've picked up in the past year, this one rates in the top ten with no problem whatsoever. Simple as that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By riversong on February 26, 2010
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I first saw Serena Ryder at a live show, opening for Paulo Nutini, about 2 years ago. SHE ABSOLUTELY BLEW ME AWAY! I left the concert anxious to get my hands on some of her music, and was dismayed when I couldn't find much. I am thrilled that this album's been released. It does not disappoint! Her voice is incredible, her lyric are intelligent and I absolutely can't wait for more. If you get a chance to see her live - don't miss it. The album's spectacular and her live performance tops that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Miller on May 26, 2010
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I caught just 2 songs from her when she opened for Barenaked Ladies in concert, and I was hooked. She was alone on stage with just an acoustic guitar. Her energy level was AMAZING, and her passion and energy came through amazingly well! The album doesn't capture ALL of that energy, but it does give us a view into her interesting lyrics and compelling music. The music itself is a little simple, but the hooks are there to pull you in. The lyrics are what I find most interesting though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clark on March 6, 2012
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By Jim Clark, publisher Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

When I first heard Serena Ryder I thought I was listening to a young Stevie Nicks. Yes, she's that good.
The young Canadian can mix it, tough then tender, sweet then raunchy -- each song filled with a songwriter's passion.
Her first breakthrough single "Little Bit Of Red" is just a beginning for this emotionally driven singer. She's already a sensation in her native land to the north, but with her first U.S. release Is It OK?, she is prepared to dominate here.
"To tell you the truth, I think with this album I've just started to write good songs -- songs that connect with people by relating my own contradictions to them," Serena said. "I'm realizing more and more that I'm not on a one-way street or even a two-way street. It's a street with an insane amount of twists and turns, and not everybody on it feels the same thing as you."
She's different. She's distinctive. That's what draws the listener in, and that voice with it's powerful range can't be denied.
Watch out. She's coming. She's touring with a mix of the greats -- from Steve Earle to Cheap Trick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smgsmc on August 29, 2010
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I caught Serena on the small stage at Lilith 2010 last month ... and she set it on fire with burning passion. I haven't seen so much energy on stage since an Alanis concert. She has a unique style of her own. But if I were to compare her to better known singers, I would say her voice is a blend of Stevie Nicks/Emmylou Harris/Alanis Morissette, and her genre is an eclectic mix of folk/country/rock. Her voice doesn't have the aethereal purity of Sarah McLachlan's (but then, no one else's does either). Serena's voice is more on the gritty side, like Stevie's, making it well suited for folk/country.

Minimally intrusive production. No heavy background wall-of-sound drowning out all substance; her voice and lyrics come through clearly. There's a wide dynamic range here. For people who lie in bed and soak up poetry set to music, this album is a great source of emotion, passion, and imagery. For people who jump up and shake it, this album has powerful rhythms. For people who sing along, this album has catchy tunes and lyrics. She's awesome on guitar.

I had never heard of Serena before I saw her at Lilith. But one of the first things I did when I got back from the concert was order this CD. I've been playing it over and over; it just keeps growing on me. In addition to the other singers I mentioned above, if you're a fan of Sarah Mclachlan, Joni Mitchell, Missy Higgins, KT Tunstall, and Meredith Brooks, you'll love Serena.

Follow-up (9/3/2010): I've concluded this CD should have a health warning: "Caution! Narcotic. Habit forming. Can Lead to Addiction." I've been playing this every night after dinner. So many of the songs keep playing through my mind that I have trouble concentrating at work. Especially "Sweeping the Ashes" and "Weak in the Knees".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Sengel on February 14, 2010
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this cd is so amazing! i love every song on it and highly recommend it!!! it's like melissa etheride, 4 non-blondes, indigo girls all mixed up together... great sound!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Holm on February 12, 2010
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To be honest, I had never heard of Serena Ryder until a few weeks ago. She has been touring with Howie Day recently, and that is how I discovered her- she was his opening act. And I would venture to say she stole the show. If you ever have the chance to see her live, it is quite an experience. She's raw and gritty and a-maze-ing.

This album runs the gamut of emotions, and it is beyond me how someone so young can have experienced and felt as much as she has, let alone actually channel all of that into really, really good music. Highly recommended.
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