Somebody's Baby
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Somebody's Baby

September 24, 2012

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Somebody's Baby
Wouldn't You Like to Know (New York Remix)
Girl With a Rock 'n Roll Heart (New York Remix)
Learning As You Grow
I Will Always Love You (Live)
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting...)

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  • Original Release Date: September 24, 2012
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  • Copyright: 2012 It Is What It Is Records, LLC.
  • Total Length: 26:21
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  • ASIN: B009CW12HM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,582 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Somebody's Baby January 4, 2013
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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange by Mark S. Tucker (


Well, if there's such a thing as 'arena country anthemic rock', and I suspect there is, though it's not much populated, Lisa Matassa can count herself a lead member of the pack. Somebody's Baby is actually an extended EP, but the choice was wisely made to market it as akin to a full release, and the label surely lavished a good deal of top drawer attention in every aspect, from the way the hell cool cover shot to the over-the-top engineering and production. Normally that latter element's a bad thing, that 'over the top' stuff, but Baby rocks the block, fills up the neighborhood, and starts heading for the outlands, to make converts to the cause, so who am I to knock the modality?

Matassa matches up to the rest of the affair with a big, brassy, clear, confident voice that takes no prisoners, no guff, and, sure as tomorrow's sun will rise, isn't gonna step in with anyone's backing chorus. That fiery presence ain't no shrinking violet, and no apologies needed nor ground ceded. This is obvious from the opening chords of the opening title cut and then all the way into the ballads. Even the downtone numbers like Learning as You Grow sparkle and have a backbone and strength of will that imbue the mournful side of life with hope and determination. And that band of hers? Whoo-ee, can them boys play! Like Matassa, they back away from no man, underwrite the vocals in lush foundations, and then step out for short tasty leads, punctuating the lyrics with ornamentalia dramatizing the core.

In fact, Lisa makes Bryan Adams' Heaven completely her own, and I suspect Adams is gonna hear it and think "Shoot!
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New York singer Matassa - who is aiming for the "New Country" market had a busy 2012 with a release ("Sunrise Highway") earlier this year, and now this 29-minute EP. It's a little bit of of a variety of music styles and oddly programmed but there are a couple of individual tracks that work.

The title track - the only song not a "cover" or a Matassa-penned song is more pop than country and just didn't grab me. Next come the three that Matassa wrote (well, co-wrote with Don Rollins and Jody Gray). The first two are listed as "NY Remix", though I'm not sure what that means. The third, "Learning As You Grow" was the one standout on the CD for me. Then we head into "cover territory" with Matassa doing her take on Bryan Adam's "Heaven", and Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You", the latter a "Live" version apparantly recorded in New York State. She closes with Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song". This is a really odd choice because adding a Christmas song (especially when is has no connection with the rest of the songs) gives the album a very short "shelf life". Go figure.

The CD is "enhanced" and contains a music video of the title track.

It appears to me that Matassa is trying to squeeze too many different things on to one CD and the sequencing is IMHO off. But check out the samples and maybe you'll feel differently. I think she needs to decide if she is a New York singer or a Nashville singer. I'm not sure - try though she may - she can be both.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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