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06/30/2005 Archived Entry: "CD review: Hotchpotch"

Musical debut collection from Maaya Sakamoto
Published by GENEON
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GENEON Entertainment

Review by Kathy LaFollett

I have "Hotchpotch" playing in the background as I write this review.

In fact, I've had this playing for the last 3 hours.

The depth and texture of the music is incredible. Maaya brings a soft sterling voice hovering over clouds of musical scores that touch on pop, rock, orchestra, theme, and back again. It is a glorious compilation that brings new notes and melody presentations no matter how often you listen to a song. Hotchpotch goes from Bagpipes, to violins, to drums, to guitars, to orchestra, to chimes, to drums while Maaya adds her soft inviting voice. You won't be able not to hum along and sway your way to the end of the CD.

"Hotchpotch" raises the bar in arrangements, layered instrumentals, and what an angel's voice sounds like.

Maaya's artistic expression is packaged with outstanding mixing skills and track layouts. Transitions between tracks are flawless never allowing the listener to loose their groove footing.

You'll get goose-bumps while listening to her soar through her vocal ranges. I can't bring a similar artist to mind that measures to her work. I find myself smiling while listening. I can honestly say my blood pressure has dropped, and I couldn't be more relaxed right now. If you want to mainline happiness and joy, just go straight to track 5. My favorite song.

You just can't help but be swept away on the music.

Don't forget to pull out the insert and enjoy the photography, lyrics, and snapshots of Maaya herself. She is as beautiful and happy as her music.

I feel fortunate indeed to have had the opportunity to be introduced to such an extreme talent. She deserves attention in the US. I think her impact on the music scene will be an 8.0 on the Richter scale.

I LOVE this CD.

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