On Angel's Strings
"On Angel's Strings" - Lauri-Beth Heaven on Earth - a review by J. Michael Peaceangel Tired of the noise? Tired of the dribble? Tired of lyrics filled with swearing, sex, and violence? Then your prayers have been answered. If there's any indication that music from Heaven reaches Earth, it's on the debut CD from singer/songwriter Lauri-Beth entitled "On Angel's Strings". Lauri-Beth, lead singer of the Boston-based Dance/Rock band "Possession", departs from the cover tunes and takes a solo turn with the release of "On Angel's Strings", which she dubs as "a journey of love, heartbreak, and hope that transcends time". The disc allows the listener to take a "peek" somewhat into this petite singer's "diary" if you will, as the collection of songs spans twenty or so years of her life. Proof positive that great voices come from small packages, Lauri-Beth's ethereal voice magically captures and keeps your attention throughout the CD. Lauri-Beth provides all lead and background vocals and plays acoustic guitar and strings throughout, masterfully creating her own signature sound. Producer Joe Clapp (Ultrasound Productions, Stoughton, MA), lends a hand on bass guitar duties. "On Angel's Strings" is a compilation of 11 original songs with words and music written and composed by Lauri-Beth, and a cover of the Frank Sinatra classic "Under My Skin"; an arrangement on acoustic guitar which I'm sure would have made "The Chairman of the Board" say "a beautiful tune from a classy dame". The CD also contains several beautiful ballads, including "Let Me Be Your Light" and "The Look", the latter of the two sure to become the next "wedding song of choice" among lovers old and new. "Let Me Be Your Light" is a tale of a sailor and a singer finding love on an autumn night and the song stirs the heart as the story unfolds. Reminiscent of those great "tales" spun by 1970's soft rock balladeers and makes one think back to singer/songwriter/storytellers like Gordon Lightfoot, Harry Chapin, and Carole King. Lauri-Beth speeds things up a bit with the catchy little ditty "Held by an Angel", which describes a nightlong dream encounter with said celestial being. You'll definitely be singing along and humming this tune for days. Another sure "toe-tapper" is "Start Again", a song that will fill you up with "positive emotion" and inspire you to 'start again" in the face of adversity and the great unknown. The Pink Floyd-ish "On the Inside" captures the singer's angst as she ponders about the delicate balance between one's life and one's destiny. Note the nod to "Kansas" at the end of this emotionally moving song. An endearing tribute to the late Beatle, John Lennon, appropriately called "Lennon's Song", takes the listener back to a time not quite so long ago when his words of peace were suddenly silenced and how we all need to get back to what he tried to teach us through his thoughts, words, and music. Rounding out the rest of "On Angel's Strings" are several musical memoirs of love gained, love lost, and hope for love again in the songs, "Catch Your Breath", "Magic in the Air", "How Could I", "One More Time", and "Love of My Life". While these are sure to be favorites among women listeners, I'm sure men can relate to them too. So take a break from this hectic Earth and let Lauri-Beth fill yours ears, heart, and soul with the heavenly "On Angel's Strings".