ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
“Now loosen up and be happy!” says Lee Aaron’s sidekick
on her new CD — an upbeat musical medley perfectly suited for a relaxing
evening at a classy restaurant or at home curled up on an overstuffed armchair.
Rock music’s “Metal Queen” expertly blends rock with jazz
and blues in a versatile round of songs — some haunting, some quirky,
but all richly textured. Aaron’s voice marries the velvety softness of
Sarah McLachlan’s with the raw clarity of k.d. lang’s;
The lyrics of “Lo & Behold” and “Joan of Arc” have
religious allusions; while the lead track “Museum” is humorous,
lively and fresh — you’ll feel like you’re strolling downtown
on a bright summer day along sidewalks lined with coral begonias and english
“The Why Song” begins simply, slowly adding instruments to build
to a stunning multiplicity of sound while maintaining a brisk, even tempo. “Silent
Serenade” is definitely dinner music highlighted by delicate piano notes.
—Mary Anne Pucovsky