Saturday, August 25, 2012


After the highly acclaimed album ‘The Last Adventure’ of 2010, Doris Brendel returns with a new album of tracks to showcase her complete musical range, both in song-writing and vocal delivery.  The album titled ‘Not Utopia’ begins with an atmosphere of excitement and expectation, which coupled with her amazing voice creates a powerful combination throughout the opening track “No Lonely Girl”.  The diversity of her writing and the ease of which she can cover any genre is evident as the track “Ebay” is her quirky take on life through the eyes of on-line selling, before the acoustic side takes over on “Drawing the Line”, “Beyond Words” and “Kind to be Cruel”.  Throughout the album you are amazed and delighted as to how Doris can create, and more importantly cover a complex array of styles and deliver it with such ease.  After the smooth acoustic track there is the electronic sound of vibrancy with “Going Out” which you return to with the title track of the album later.  If a song can be classed as progressive and classic at the same time, then “Passionate Weekend” and “Conflicted” must fall into this contradiction in terms as both are wonderful to the ear, while “Thank You” would grace any radio station’s playlist, finally with a mystical feel to begin with on the final track “You’re So Hot” is a perfect finish to an amazing album which takes you musically to some very special and unique places.  Doris Brendel is back and even better than ever, make sure you check out this very special talent.