This six song self released album, 85th and Nowhere, reveals a classic sound that is very soft on the ears and enriching to the soul. Singer/songwriter Michele Ari emanates tales of heart break and falling in love in her strong, easy flowing, smoky voice that resembles Chrissie Hynde. Her analog recorded tracks give this album a very raw feel allowing the simplicity of the guitar, drums and piano to resonate.
The second song on her album, Please, has a very 70's sound, unquestionably reminding me of The Pretenders. The subtle male backing harmonies effortlessly compliment Michele as she sings about waiting for yet another fall back in a relationship.
85th and Nowhere, is the third track and yet another that I really enjoyed. It demonstrates how her simple song writing style can say so much. Anyone can relate to what she’s been through. She goes on to sing that she’s “sitting in that café in NY wondering how I’d pay my rent” and that she sacrificed everything for the one she loves and is now found in this situation. This song is fun because it’s more upbeat and sounds almost like a Go Go's song from the 1980's. For those of you who missed out on that generation, listening to this song will remind you of how great the 80's were!
Pretty, is one of the last tracks and I must have played it a dozen times. It’s got a very blues and melancholy feel during the verses and the song picks up more in the chorus. The music demonstrates a very longing feel that matches her ever so longing lyrics. The guitar solo is very romantic and the piano adds the final touch to a perfect song. The last song is a great choice for a last song. It’s got a very “happy ending” feel to it. It is titled 1,000 Kisses, and it is a relief to see that she was able to get through the trials and tribulations of life and is on her way to the right path. It is obvious that Michele is a very poignant song writer, delivering a CD that carries you through a journey in life. It is very easy listening and relaxing. I would definitely play it while reading my favorite book under a cozy tree on a late Spring afternoon and then play it again and again the next day and thereon after.