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One of the best things about being a reviewer is when you are given the gift of coming across a total unknown whose fledging work is magnificent. Hearing Denise Vasquez’s Live in One Take was just such an experience. She’s been described as a cross between Janis Joplin and Jewel and the stage is her natural habitat. With lyrics that mix relationship based motives and burning social lyrics, her voice conveys the same strong conviction. In the middle of her open conversational language there's also a sense of magic, enhanced by (suggestive) flute. The sound is pretty much timeless, with some echoes of the sixties freedom. Vasquez carries the pure scent of an independent artist and it’s easy to believe her when she says, "My music is all that I am."

~review by Lisa Mc Sherry

Artist:  Denise Vasquez

Social Butterfly Music, 2002

www.denisevasquez.com

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