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Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Amel Larrieux returns with her third solo album Morning. Staying true to its namesake every song on the album feels like a brand new day, where each cut evokes a different mood laden with infinite possibilities. The striking and talented Ms. Larrieux continues to captivate and mesmerize, fusing a range of genres to create what some critics have labeled moving and dynamic: simply, a cut above the rest.

A 9-year veteran of the indie R&B circuit, Amel Larrieux stretches her vocal wings on the stellar, yet painfully overlooked "Bravebird." Serving as her solo sophomore set, the New York-based singer/songwriter has crafted a disc that mixes midtempo melodies with beautiful and lush lyrics. Lead single "For Real," written by Larrieux and her husband Laru Larrieux, opens with a serene piano solo that is accented by the voice of a young baby cooing. Backed by an infectious, handclap-accented groove, Larrieux sings about "real love"--the kind of love that makes you a better person. Larrieux can also rock out and does just that on the funk-fueled "All I Got." The result is a bass-heavy affair that is accented by an electric guitar wah-wah and some impressive improvisation. However, it's on the heartbreaking "Beyond" that Larrieux truly shines. Backed by an acoustic guitar and quiet string section, Larrieux's lyrics of everlasting love make you want to believe in something more.

Like fellow soulsters Anthony Hamilton and Goapele, Larrieux, who began her career as one-half of the R&B duo Groove Theory, sings with an ease that is rare in many of today's R&B artists. Her voice is natural and engaging, and that's what makes Bravebird truly soar. --Rashaun Hall

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. For Real
  2. Bravebird
  3. New
  4. Dear To Me
  5. Beyond
  6. Giving Something Up
  7. Your Eyes
  8. Get To
  9. Every Second
  10. Sacred
  11. All I Got

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bliss Life
  • ASIN: B00015YW8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. Myatt on December 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I mean it -- don't waste your time on this CD. There ain't nothing typical, predictable or fluffy about Bravebird. And let's face it, that's what we really want, right? The instantly catchy tunes that take a backseat to the beats! And boy, we must admit, we love beats, don't we? Bravebird is, perhaps, like nothing you've ever heard before; it's really original in its sound and substance. And that's the root of the problem: its original sound and its substance. Apparently, Amel doesn't follow popular musical trends, doesn't rely on cliche-based lyrics, feels she doesn't need studio tricks and programmed beats. This girl clearly appreciates real music and musicianship -- and being over the age of 30, I can vaguely remember when such a thing actually got radio play. But not anymore. In this age of Usher, who needs real music, and life-changing lyrics, introspection, artistic integrity, real soul--and spirit? Yeah, Amel's surely gifted, has a great voice, exceptional even, but she wastes it singing about deeper, genuine, lasting and more meaningful things. She doesn't dedicate a single song to the subject of attaining material things (no bling-bling, Moet, furs, not even a token spinning rim on a boyfriend's ride!). She wastes no time musically exploring the well-worn R&B premise of shallow relationships and their related drama. Musically, Amel takes a higher road! And such a visionary approach is bound to cost her: stunted sales, limited or no play and exposure on most stations, people sleeping on her talents. Ashanti she ain't! Amel has chosen to do her own thing. So be warned! This cd contains real music. Real and true!
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I have been a fan of Amel Larrieux since the Groove Theory days. Even then ,she had too much power to be pidgeonheld by the standards of R&B. This girl has the power to blur all genres of music and make it her own. To classfy her as neo is a insult. Her brand of music doesn't have a name yet. She is and always will be light years ahead of her time. I got Bravebird and all my peeps followed suit. And the ones who haven't gotten it, is in the process of getting it. Amel is the truth. The anti-Beyonce. So beautiful on the outside, with enough nerve and confidence in her art ,not to flaunt her outer beauty. I can't say enough about this album. This is the best in my collection and believe me, she is among a few gems.
My Favorite Tracks
Say You Want It All
Dear To Me
For Real
All I Got 1&2
damm you might as well say the whole album
To the reviewers who say she runs out of gas on a few notes.
Don't sleep, that's when her angelic voice is at it's most powerful. For any person who craves real music must have this album. She got a lot of lush hip-hop undertones on this album. The keen ear will pick up on them instantly.
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Go ahead. Run and get the latest by Grammy winners Beyonce and Alicia Keys. If you want to blend in with the rest of the crowd, get any of their CDs. But if your tastebuds savor for something a little more complex, original, and refreshing, then you'll be in good hands with Amel Larrieux. "Bravebird, her second solo album, is a bold step forward from "Infinite Possibilities" and incorporates a wide range of genres that make it difficult to categorize the onetime Groove Theory singer. From the soulful swagger of the opener "For Real," to the killer piano-flavored ballad "Beyond," the gritty "Givin' Something Up," and the bass-heavy standout "Congo," Larrieux makes a great display of her talents as singer, songwriter, and producer. It's a shame that Sony parted ways from her after the disappointing sales of her last disc, "Infinite Possibilities," for they truly left behind a very talented artist. "Bravebird" is the first great album of 2004. You can't give this CD less than five stars and NOT look stupid.
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This women blew me away with "Infinite Possiblities which is a 5 star cd no doubt about it. I gave this cd 4 stars for 2 reasons. First, I really don't like the way she "trys" (i hate to use that word but its the only word i could think of using right now) to always end SOME of the songs with her singing in high pitched vocals saying "OHHHHh". Second, i don't really the song Scared you people could argue on me on the one, but i don't like to hear her preach. I want to her her SING. Alright now that i got that off my cheat let me rate the following 12 tracks.....
1.) For Real - 5 stars - This song WOW!!! amazing her vocals are sky rocket beautiful and the lyrics amazing, great song to start off with Amel.
2.) Bravebird - 4 stars - I love the way how this song in the beginning you think "Oh God" shes going to do an uptempo jam. That wasn't the case the song has a more uptempo beat then others, but she keeps her vocals soft and nice.
3.) Dear To me - 4 stars - I love the lyrics to this song beautiful song.
4.) All I God - 5 stars - I really like this song....i love the way she really doesn't give a **** about what people think of how she looks or acts and so on...
5.) Beyond - 4 1/2 stars - Very slow relaxing listen to the lyrics of this song.
6.) We Can Be New - 5 Stars - This is one of my favorite songs on the album. Lyrics blow me away.... I think she is tellign a guy that whatever i went through and whatever you went through we could always become a new person.
7.) Givin Something up - 5 Stars - Another fav. song her voice sound a little different hear and i love it. The beat goes with the way shes singing i love this song. I also love the catchy chorus.
8.) Your Eyes - 4 Stars - Hot Hot!!!! Once again guys i know i repeat myself but the lyrics are amazing.
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