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What I Want
(St Clair Ent. Group, Canada, 1997)
Review Date: December 2008
by Lisa Gault
Canadian singer Liz Tansey sings like a songbird then turns around and knocks your socks off with a sultry, sassy “in your face” lowdown, dirty blues. At first I was wondering which style was the “real Liz,” but then after listening more, I decided she’s allowed to be soft and pretty on her ballads and smart and sassy on the stronger blues tunes. Kicking off the album with “Struck By Love,” Tansey’s sultry vocals echoed by her powerful band just tease with excitement! Her vocal stylings remind me a bit of Bonnie Raitt (yet on others I hear more of a Kiki Dee or even Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart.) Regardless, the lady has a voice with great range, versatility, energy and style. “Jaw Jackin’” is a fun lighthearted tune that will make you wanna dance--or at least strut your stuff for a bit. “Walkin’ Guy” is soft ballad and collaboration of Tansey and Ralph Cole, who leads into the song with sweet guitar playing, followed by a soft, fluid sax solo by John Johnson. “Tough Old Worl d” is a light bluesy tribute to women, and is followed by the strong blues-rock tune, “What I Want.” This sassy song exudes confidence and fun! The horns and backing vocals answer Tansey’s powerful vocals, while the percussion drives the tune home. The album slows down again with a wonderful little ol‘ laid back “Hello Blues.” Tansey owns this song, and the piano solo, guitar and sax all shine before the whole band brings the blues on home! “Lose All Track” is more of a rock tune with great energy (and the first time I’ve heard an accordion gone “rock!”) “Dear Louise” is a tender ballad, and Tansey’s soulful vocals are beautiful. Bill Colgate’s “The Other Woman” completes the album with a delicious down “n’ dirty blues tune that has some great harp and guitar playing! Tansey belts out the words,
“I’m the other woman
You know the one they couldn’t name
When they were busy makin’ rules
I was busy makin’ up another game.”
Liz Tansey’s album is chocked full of some great blues and ballads. If you find her CD, you won’t be disappointed!
Recorded at Manta Eastern Sound, Toronto
PO Box 98038
970 Queen Street East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4M 1JO
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