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 Review: MIMI PAGE REVIEW


Submitted by Lee Roberts on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 1:43AM

Artist: Mimi Page
Album: Breathe Me In
Members: Mimi Page
Genre: DJ/Dance, Other
Tracks: 12
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Discs: 1
Rating: 2.95 (out of 4.00)
GRADE: B
Includes
Comes along with a booklet that gives the lyrics to the songs

Electronica music is one of the genres that I usually have to be in the mood to like. Reason being is it’s a dance music, the kind where it gives you the urge to move your body, not in the spastic way that techno has but one in a rhythmic way. Mimi Page has captured that rhythmic feeling nicely with her album Breath Me In. From the start of the CD I was drawn into wanting to listen to the songs. At first I couldn’t quite put my finger on what made me interested in the songs. Was it the tempo of the instruments being played, maybe it was the meaning of the songs, or possibly the sound of Mimi Page’s voice?

When the CD was finished and I had heard all 12 tracks I realized that it was the combination of the lyrics, the tempo, the beats, and the vocals that made me like the songs. Most of all though it was the tempo of the songs that I liked, being not too quick yet having a nice rate to the pacing of the beats to give them a rhythmic sound. If the songs had a quicker beat to them they would have become this horrible dance song played at clubs. What Breath Me In is are songs that have a tempo that makes you want to sit back and just relax and be in the moment.

Though I must give credit to Mimi Page for her vocals. She has this hypnotic sound to her voice that just drew me in. It’s not an extraordinary voice, there are times that I can hear the equalizer being used to change the way she sounds. What drew me into liking her vocals is how she has a good feel for the structure of her songs. She knew when to make the chords short and when to hold the note. She has given the songs some complexity even though they don’t sound like a few people are playing them, which is some talent right there. At times I didn’t care for the retentiveness of some of the lyrics but when she does do this it’s not overused or blunt. Breath Me In will make a good CD for when I just want to come home to relax and let the day wash away.

 Review: MIMI PAGE: A smashing review


An ethereal chanteuse who counts JEFFERSON STARSHIP as fans shatters the waves with her mind-crawling debut.

With a nice backlog of collaborations, LA songstress Page finally grew the wings on her own and, on the strength of high-wired single "This Fire" which hit the charts on Amazon and iTunes serves up a dozen fluttering pieces that lodge themselves into the listener's brain slowly but surely. Co-produced with Warren Huart who, in this project, might find a vent from engineering a new AEROSMITH album, "Breathe Me In" forms tentatively, as the piano of "My Vanilla Sky" pulls in electronic shimmer and trip hop beats over adventurous undercurrent where bass lurks and Mimi's voice harmoniously floats, but insistent, soulful title piece and "Come What May" fills all the space available - emotional and aural.

And if the "Colorblind" spread its erotique purr not as bold as Mylene Farmer's latest fare, Page sounds original when she welcomes folk motifs into the claustrophobia of "Black Valentine" which her vocals inhabits with much gusto. Unlike the rest, and in sharp contrast with the wild, yet soft, guitar-poisoned, yet poised jolt of "Gravity", "Jigsaw" and "New" are pure acoustic ballad, ivories lulling the vocals in a sensual way to show that, stripped of all decoration, Mimi Page has even more winning, if traditional in the singer-songwriter vein, formula up her frilly sleeve.


 Review: Mimi Page review


 



Mimi Page

Breathe Me In

Review by G. W. Hill
This might wind up as one of my favorites for the year. Yes, it’s that good. There’s a lot of electronic sound here, but in a lot of ways it’s quite close to the music of Kate Bush. The vocals certainly have a Kate Bush or Tori Amos element to them. No matter what you call this, though, it’s a great disc that really works very well. I’ll be spinning this for years to come. I’m sure of that.
Track by Track Review
My Vanilla Sky
There’s a great electronic music sound here. This is sort of like a Kate Bush kind of vibe. It’s a good tune. Since "Vanilla Sky" is my all-time favorite movie, I have to wonder if this song has something to do with the film.
Black Valentine
We get more of a stripped back musical element on the early portions here. Then it works out to more fully realized sounds and this is another great tune. It could be something that might get played in a club due to the rhythmic track at times, but it’s also got a lot of progressive rock element in place. It drops back to a mellower movement with intricate keyboards. I’m reminded a bit of Tori Amos at times here.
Colorblind
Starting tentatively, this cut builds out with a cool bass line driving it. As the vocals join, the only accompaniment is the bass and drums. Bits of piano are heard at the end of the lines of singing. This one really calls to mind Tori Amos quite a bit. There are sections here with more of a house or techno texture, but a lot of this is stripped down.
All I Need
A lot of this is closer to a mainstream pop rock sound, but there are drop backs to stripped down music and we’ve got plenty of progressive rock on display here, too.
New
This one is a lot mellower. It is basically just piano and voice. It really does call to mind Tori Amos.
Gravity
The rhythm section leads off here and we get waves of sound laid over the top of that before the vocals join. This is moody, atmospheric, and so cool.
This Fire
I love the echoey kind of vocal delivery here. This is another track that in some ways doesn’t feel far removed from a lot of pop music that might be played in a dance club. Still, there’s a real artistic, progressive rock element here. Parts of this call to mind Art of Noise a bit, too.
The Starving Artist
The backdrop to this is more purely electronic music, but there is also pretty melody over the top. Page’s vocal delivery here really has a soulful power to it.
Come What May
A slow moving, lush arrangement serves as the backdrop for some beautiful vocals. This is very much like a cross between modern progressive rock and electronic music. It’s a wonderful cut that works really well. It’s one of the highlights. Considering the general consistency and strength here, that says a lot.
Phenomenon
Atmospheric electronica is the main mode here. This one’s not bad, but seems to pale a bit in comparison to the track that preceded it.
Jigsaw
Piano and vocals are the order of business here. This is not only mellower, but it’s also quite pretty.
Breathe Me In
The title track has a lusher arrangement. It’s more of a mainstream pop rock tune. This is good, and probably one of the more accessible tracks. Still, there are enough progressive rock elements here to keep it interesting. I can make out hints of Asian music at times.

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