||CD Baby Review "From
the east to west coast, these artists have gathered their spirits,
hearts, inspiration and music in a collaborative effort to raise
money for the tsunami survivors. Seventeen shining tracks
of pop, folk, world and rock weave in and out for a complete, integrated
package of quality music.
Atta Girl Records has pledged to send 100% of the profits to this
long-term rehabilitation effort.
Do your part in a simple way, lend a helping hand
and contribute to the music you love."
The Tsunami Relief Project CD has been chosen as an Editor's Pick on www.cdbaby.com
Spotlight CD Review by Jamie Perkins
It's easy for us here in the fattest country of all to take for granted the fact
that we are simply alive. The constructs of society, by design, choice, or otherwise,
keep us fairly diverted from such deep thought, and distractions running deep
as rivers carry us swiftly to other frames of mind. Wash your car. Feed your
Get to work. There's a distinct lack of time for existential pondering in modern
life, and occasionally we forget that the very fact of our existence is a miracle.
Now imagine that existence, the one that keeps you regulated and normalized,
being violently washed away one random afternoon. Your neighbors, your house,
your dog, your spouse ... all of it gone in the flash of one monstrous natural
disaster. The fact that you remain would be a very prevalent and humbling thought,
even when faced with the task of rebuilding your crippled life with nothing but
memories and the kindness of strangers half a world away.
Not an easy or desirable situation to be sure, but at least the kind strangers
over at Atta Girl Records are doing their part in the reformation. This small
independent label based in Thornton, NH, has released the Tsunami Relief
Project CD, a 17-track compilation of national and local artists representing a surprising
variety of genres. Folk songs linger beside contemporary jazz, Americana dances
with world fusion and eclectic Latin pop, the mash of styles mirroring the
worldliness of the cause the artists have rallied behind. Highlights include
the whimsical pondering of Aztec Two-Step ("Everybody Knows"), the
of the Boston-based singer/songwriter Amy Fairchild ("Ok, Alright"),
local luminary Joyce Andersen's pretty abandon ("I Just Wanna Dance")
Armstrong's sophisticated instrumental noodling ("Seven To Twelve").
Each artist on the Tsunami Relief Project contributes a different hue, and the
final result is
a very colorful swirl of an album.
The best part of the Tsunami Relief Project CD is that all proceeds from the
sale of the disc will be donated, in conjunction with the CARE Agency, to tsunami
survivors. A good album for a good cause, and all you were going to do with that
$20 in your pocket was go to Applebee's anyway. After all, music is a great way
to celebrate the life you haven't lost yet.
Jamie Perkins can be reached, but not surpassed, at firstname.lastname@example.org