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Talking to Myself - Review

Here is a perfect example of how a classically trained musician and vocalist can put their talents together with the modern age of synthesizers and we have some great music. From the press release we learn that Nadia Sohaei has been around for awhile as Thai-Essence and also for a short stint with Trans-X. While this is technically considered her solo album, she's joined by Nik Wejedal on live keys and additional vocals. The album comes packages in a nice jewel case with visuals of Nik and Nadia along with lyrics and other information. The music is spread across eleven mid to up-tempo electronic pieces in classic synthpop style.

Like many bands, I can't just listen to an album once and form a solid opinion. After a while, some aspects of the album either wear on me and make me tired of it or they grow on me and make me realize how excellent the music really is. The latter scenario is the case with this album with the excellent mix of solid, classic synthesizers, a bit of opera, a touch of classical piano and a nice mid-tempo dance beat. "Dragonfly" starts off the album and provides a nice intro to what is to come, itself not really being a highlight for the album, but a nice way to start with some pop-friendly lyrics and slower dance beat. Jump into tracks like "New Rome" or the powerfully beautiful "Victoria Starship" and "19th Century" and you have some really excellent pieces. While these are not the only stellar tracks on the album, these stand out and have quickly become favorites. "Victoria Starhip" and "19th Century" pull out all the stops on the robotic vocoded vocals and cold electronics that still don't detract from the somewhat new romantic and soft vocals that Nadia brings to the electronic fray.

As the album wanders along through these vibrant electronic textures, the title track stands out amongst the cold synths and brings some humanity to it all along with many of the other tracks where the vocals remain human and vulnerable. The emotionally driven "Strong" becomes another piece that brings the warmth and angst out that dark electro fans will love. However, the instrumental pieces "Cyber Heart" and the instrumental version of "Callas Never Dies" anchors the unfeeling electronics solid as the foundation to this project. This is an excellent album that synth fans will absolutely love, rush out and pick it up as a new classic addition to any collection.

Rating: 4/5



Website: www.nadiasohaei.com
Label: Decadance Records

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