Album – Karmyn Tyler – Karmyn Tyler

Posted by admin on May 1st, 2006

As I’ve mentioned a few times on Indie Launchpad, great music isn’t always about rock and pop, there are many other types of music that deserve time in the spotlight. Unfortunately, say the words, big band, jazz or showtunes and I can just imagine the under 21 set, rolling their eyes and saying some not too complimentary things. I think most of that stems from a lack of exposure. I have always had a wide and varied taste in music, even though someone once said jokingly, I had Van Gough’s ear for music. My tastes are varied and eclectic, I’ve tried to dip my toes into as many different genres as possible.

Karmyn Tyler’s self title album, is a collection of old jazz standards, show tunes and movies tunes. What sets this CD apart, is the absolutely unbelievable quality of Karmyn’s voice. With an incredible range and crystal clear tone, this is a voice that can melt even the coldest of hearts. The musical arrangement is also top notch. I can just imagine any of these songs being featured in a move soundtrack.

Of the 10 tracks on the album, I probably know about half of them, but one song that needs no introduction is Gershwin’s “Summertime” and man what an unbelievable rendition, which has taken the more upbeat path, rather than the usually sultry and downbeat variation. Karmyn’s voice belts out with such enthusiasm, it’s easy to imagine a big smile on her face when she’s singing. My other favorite tracks on the album would have to be “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “Big Time” and “Too Late Now”.

If I were to criticise the album at all, and it’s only a small criticism, I would say that the album would be best served with a more contemporary album cover. Karmyn is a pretty woman, but the cover doesn’t do her justice. Many people won’t even give an album the time of day, just based on the cover, no matter how good the music.

Conclusion : A little something out of the ordinary, but a wonderful addition to anyone’s music collection.

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