Marisa Lindsay - Deeper Love (2009)

Marisa Lindsay
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Most of what's heard on the airwaves these days amounts to the musical equivalent of a Pop Tart: sugary-sweet, full of pep and sure to satisfy a momentary craving. And sometimes that's cool, but when one wants some lived-in, grown-folks kind of soul, they have to leave the candy shop and get with the gourmet confections, and that's what Marisa Lindsay's a Deeper Love represents... a mouth-watering, full-bodied brand of soul.

If you haven't heard of Ms. Lindsay before, think harder----maybe she opened that show you saw a few seasons back with Peabo Bryson. Or Brian McKnight. Either way, once this Barbados native unfurls those honey-dipped vocals, you won't forget her.  From start to finish,  Deeper Love overtakes the senses and you experience, rather than just hear, the emotions that her lyrics convey (she co-penned all of the dozen tracks).

Most of what's heard on the airwaves these days amounts to the musical equivalent of a Pop Tart: sugary-sweet, full of pep and sure to satisfy a momentary craving. And sometimes that's cool, but when one wants some lived-in, grown-folks kind of soul, they have to leave the candy shop and get with the gourmet confections, and that's what Marisa Lindsay's a Deeper Love represents... a mouth-watering, full-bodied brand of soul.

If you haven't heard of Ms. Lindsay before, think harder----maybe she opened that show you saw a few seasons back with Peabo Bryson. Or Brian McKnight. Either way, once this Barbados native unfurls those honey-dipped vocals, you won't forget her.  From start to finish,  Deeper Love overtakes the senses and you experience, rather than just hear, the emotions that her lyrics convey (she co-penned all of the dozen tracks).

Just like one has a particular outfit for every occasion, Ms. Linday's songs seem tailor-made for whatever you might be going through, whether it's a bad mood (the sassy "Upswing"), throwing caution to the wind and seccumbing to one's desires ("I Want You to Want Me"),  getting your groove on in life ("Free a State of Mind [Bubble Song]") or being grateful for a good man ("Joy").  Even when she has a Mary J. Blige moment and wants to indulge in a little self-pity ("Marisa's Blues"), it's still carrying a hint of optimism and bliss.

Soothing, yet swirling with sensuality, Ms. Lindsay's soprano---which occasionally reminds the listener of one of her acknowledged idols, Natalie Cole--- knows its reach and range.  "Trippin' Without Your Love" demonstrates the grown woman's carnal urgency behind her girlish crush, while "Misunderstood" reveals that no one is immune from an unfortunate slip of the tongue ("Why is it that when I fall in love with someone, I seem to say things that confuse everyone?").    

Easily one of the most compelling releases of the year, a Deeper Love has a rich, jazzy vibe, pop-worthy verses and a gifted soul provider in the midst of It all. Again, if you haven't yet heard the powerful pipes of Ms. Lindsay, you want to. And for anyone tired of the empty calories and ready for the main course, make room for this delectable, Deeper...delight. 

By Melody Charles

 
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