Somewhere In This Room is a work of art put into motion with the angelic voice of Laura Pursell. If you were to base this recording on the lengthy write up that Laura contributes in the CD booklet before you listen, there is no doubt you will perceive everything quite differently. I took the time to read the introspective outlook the artist has on her world and music, and found that the output of her work matches her philosophy.
In retrospect, after listening to this CD several times, I was able to focus on the lyrics and appreciate all of the musical talent that was necessary to make this work. Pursell has a bevy of musicians contributing to her project, and obviously the diversity that was in the studio at the time that this was recorded benefited each track in an exceptional manner.
The recording begins with a lush orchestration befittingly titled "Overture." This lays the groundwork and sets the expectation for a tasteful musical voyage. "It Might As Well Be Magic" showcases the singer as budding pop diva with a positive message for ears that are ready to accept it. What I found compelling about this album, besides Laura's sweet and inviting vocals, was the way she used different styles of musical expressions, sometimes several within one track. At times, you will hear a stinging rock guitar run followed by a jazz infused piano; everything rolls right along to set the mood.
My ears are most appreciative of musical diversification. If a performer's voice maintains the same tone and level of resonance most of the time, the music behind them needs to change and evolve. If this does not happen, every song sounds the same. We have all heard albums like this; the artist is successful with a certain formula and sound, it sells, so why change and take a chance? This is why I found a love for indie artists long ago. Indies set their own pace and make the music for themselves, not a label or overpaid lawyer looking to keep the bigwigs happy. In the end, the music usually finds appreciative ears.
After 11 thought provoking tracks, you find your way to the "Finale" and the show closes out with an impressive musical roar. At times you feel this can be a pop-like syrupy excursion, but if you take the time to read the CD booklet, listen to the words, and process everything presented here, you find much more.