Singer-songwriter Ginny Owens delves into her back catalogue and delivers her first live album with plenty of style. Backed by a small intimate band whose work surrounds Ginny's jazztinged piano playing, the results are intimate and fresh. Stripped down in this way, songs like I Wanna Be Moved and Free breathe in new life. The slow piano version of If You Want Me To takes on a new vulnerability whilst Call Me Beautiful has a new elegance. The inclusion of the surprising cover of the Lenny Kravitz song Let Love Rule is an inspired choice and, overall, musically Owens occupies a space in the gap between Fiona Apple and Norah Jones.
Record Label Rocketown Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.2" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date May 3, 2005
Publisher PROVIDENT MUSIC DISTRIBUTION
ISBN 0012335592 EAN 0826872003723 UPC 826872003723
A Christian CD for bohemian moods, 'Live from New Orleans' is a simple (no liner-lyrics) under-the-radar release of mostly familiar Owens songs, just sung differently. Owens' trademark, effortlessly sublime voice is hippiefied a notch, giving an even smoother sound to hits like "Free"(deliverance praise), "With Me" (abiding presence praise), and my favorite: "If You Want Me To" (encouragement for valley trials). Besides her voice and piano (which is brought out on this CD), Owens is known for meaningful lyrics that are scriptural but not preachy, soul-piercing, observationally relevant, and poetic, vividly invoking the senses in a way that's especially amazing since she's blind. One head's up though, there is a track (#3) that's spoken sharing and which breaks the flow of the music.
She is awesome live Jun 12, 2005
I got to see Ginny Owens live pretty recently, and she's awesome. She has an awesome voice and puts on a great show. Great CD to pick up.
Live Favorites May 4, 2005
To tide fans over until her new full length release comes out this fall, Ginny Owens has released this special live recording. Recorded in New Orleans (obviously), it features hits from all three of her previous releases with two new tracks.
WITHOUT CONDITION is represented by "I Wanna Be Moved," "Free," and "If You Want Me To." "With Me" and "True Story" come from SOMETHING MORE. Closing out the familiar tracks are "Call Me Beautiful," "I Love the Way," and "New Song" from BEAUTIFUL. Also included is a cover of "Let Love Rule" and a new song - "Live Once." My understanding is that this last song is a preview from her upcoming release, but I could be wrong. Either way, I really like this reminder to keep singing even during the dark times.
Stylistically, this CD sounds more like BLUEPRINT then anything else. It's very heavy on the R&B influence. Since that works for Ginny, it's really not a problem. There is only one track that includes any talking, so this will stand up to repeated listening, unlike some live CD's I've bought.
Rocketown seems to be releasing lots of collections recently. While I love their artists, I hope they focus a little more on new projects rather then repackaged music.
Having said that, this CD offers enough different arrangements to make it worth a listen for Ginny's fans.