New York City singer/songwriter Marla Mase is a true multi-dimensional artist whose heart and soul is all over her beautiful, rather eclectic second album, Speak. The album will instantly grab hold of and stay with you. Speak is a well crafted, wonderfully produced album that touches on various political themes and, being from New York, very gritty.
The album runs the gamut of a variety of genres and you can hear the vast musical influences on Speak on virtual every track. Hints of Frank Zappa are evident in the lead off track “Scream” with the heavily ‘90s girl riot influence “Piece of Peace”, one of the album’s strongest and most political tracks.
The album then takes on a deep, reflective turn with “Open Up My Heart”, an experimental track which Mase performs in spoken word before going into a haunting medley—the song itself explores female confinement—that shows the lyrical strength Mase possesses.
“Queen Of Imperfection” is another stand out track with a cool, post punk groove while “Squirm” holds it down as another riot grrrl influenced song reminiscent of early 90’s L7. Speak is 16 tracks of good, rich music and goes down as hands down one of the most unique releases of the year.
Author: Rob Perez
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