- Audio CD (September 26, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Dorado Records
- ASIN: B000I5YBI4
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,539,052 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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In terms of composition, Urban Angel reminds me so much of my cherished Mandalay Solace album. Arrangements are simple yet rich - filtered only for what conveys thought and emotional while leaving behind the superfluous elements that plague most over-produced albums. Nothing seems out of place. Nothing seems pretentious. Urban Angel is honest music ... music that takes unmissable aim at the heart.
Urban angel is a crafted album with a central theme revolving around facets of love: love lost, love sought, love found, love disillusioned, love unrequited, love that never was. Every track's score and lyrics are masterfully intertwined. Urban Angel is a complete album and not a patchwork of designed-for-radio singles. (As a related aside: The album cover art is brilliantly chosen. The simple sepia photo framing Natalie's unadulterated, beautiful face with her piercing gaze mirrors the musical experience within).
Compared to Daughter Darling (Natalie's previous band who realeased one of my favorite albums, Sweet Shadows), Urban Angel is more stripped down and more emotionally exposed. It's less experimental, more organic and more melodic. With its more universal musical and lyrical refrains, Natalie's solo album should speak to a wider audience.
Natalie's voice is unmistakable. Fans of Daughter Darling will immediately find home again in her sultry but innocent vocal performance. She has a charming tendency to slur her words as if one continuous thought.Read more ›
and no one else..."
More sultry than Norah Jones and with touches of ecstasy (like Beth Orton and Sarah McLachlan) in her vocal appeal, Natalie Walker doesn't just sing her songs, she breathes beauty into her music with an unparalleled charm.
Soft and dreamy, this is an escape into solitary contemplation, memories and sultry moods. Chill dreams throughout keep the music within a relaxing nighttime mood with the appeal of falling helplessly in love.
"Waking Dreams" is a very intimate beautiful and heavenly song that is reminiscent of dreamy safety or a fantasy of a magical life. The layering of vocal tracks makes this dreamy and ecstatic.
The atmospherics in "Circles" is gorgeous and emotionally fulfilling. The ecstasy in her voice really appears in this track.
Quicksand has heavier beats, but the lyrics are still sweet and naïve. "Convincing me that this was really lo-o-o-o-ve." The way her voice reverberates in "love" is cute. She tells a story about believing and then being disappointed. We love her for her innocence and wisdom. "All you do is take" on "Right Here" is blended in with especially high piano notes that emphasize the pain and make the song very pointed. Stunning.
"Red" has a more classical feel at the start, but the music melts like a marshmallow over a flame. By this time you are in such a dreamy haze you can't see straight. "Colorblind" is much more perky and wakes you from your trance. "Not the End" dips you back into the "Right Here" mood. The last three songs sort of slip into the night.
The first time I heard Natalie Walker's voice I had to listen to this entire album. I didn't take the time to get my headphones and can I say on a second listen, this is so beautiful with elements that appear magical on headphones.
"You are far too much beauty
for this world."
~The Rebecca Review
Anyway, if you enjoy singers like Emiliana Torrini, Niccola Hitchcock, or Norah Jones, you'll probably like Natalie Walker's Urban Angel.
Most comparable to Kate Havnevik, but slower and deeper. Emotionally Honest. Would probably be classified as electronic, with various samplings used in dense but sweeping orchestrations, while some songs are as simple as her voice and a guitar or a piano. Also provides a pretty good cover of "Colorblind", in a slightly higher octave, and a tiny bit faster; it's interesting to hear a woman's voice if you love the CC version.
If I had to explain why I used the word "perfect" a second ago, I'd have to say it's in Natalie's hooks. In the choruses above all else, she uses her voice to create flowing, gentle phrases that transform these songs into ethereal realms. One listen to "you are my / weak in the knees," the hook in "Rest Easy," and the emotion-laden track-with-a-message (and my personal favorite) "Circles" will make you a believer in this sleeper talent.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thievery Corporation remixes Quicksand to perfection. Sackens Doll was the beautiful soundtrack to the movie I made for my mom's memorial service following her passing. Read morePublished on March 26, 2014 by shay
Natalie is very similar in style to Sarah McLachlan. - hope she doesn't mind the comparison. Very lovely album, glad I purchased it.Published on September 15, 2013 by maureen burnham
Bought this CD for my mom. She loves it. Now if only I had ripped it before giving it to her! :DPublished on May 21, 2011 by A.D.
This CD is simply amazing. I have not ever heard any female vocalist that better blended interesting lyrics, catchy and not over-produced track backings, and amazing vocals. Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by Brian Z.
This music might not be for everyone. But for those who like music with a dreamlike quality, this is for you. It never feels overproduced. Read morePublished on August 26, 2009 by K. Zwick
Natalie Walker's voice is an emotional journey, she makes you feel every emotion. She describes crushes of love like nobody's business and I gush everytime I hear Quicksand. Read morePublished on May 8, 2008 by Frangelica
I found her music on DavesLounge, and fell in love with her sound. Her voice draws you in and holds you until the end. The music is haunting and masterful. Read morePublished on March 9, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Beautifully executed album will make you remember why it used to be worth buying an entire album for $12-16, because every song was good AND different - though cohesive and... Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by P. Graff