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Music Artist: Deanna Cartea

Music Album: Open Road

Record Label: Self-released

Song Singers/Perfomers Rating
Open Road Deanna Cartea ★★★★☆
Song on the Radio Deanna Cartea ★★★½☆
Robot Deanna Cartea ★★★★☆
It’s Another Day Deanna Cartea ★★★½☆
One More Time Deanna Cartea ★★★½☆
In for the Night Deanna Cartea ★★½☆☆
Tears Don’t Lie Deanna Cartea ★★★★☆
There’s A Place Deanna Cartea ★★½☆☆
Photograph Deanna Cartea ★★½☆☆
Cover Me With Flowers Deanna Cartea ★★★★½
On the Edge Deanna Cartea ★★★★½

“Open Road” starts off very strong with what sounds like an instant classic. Deanna’s voice is deep and sexy with honesty and realness making this a convincingly catchy Americana/rock n’ roll track. 1. Open Road

 2. Song on the Radio

 Another radio ready track with a more sullen vibe. I’d call this modern Americana, and it’s a beautiful track musically and lyrically.

 3. Robot

 “Robot” is an intensely introspective song that brings another layer of depth to the album. Cartea’s soul is laid out on the line as she asks questions about mortality, personal power and self-inquiry.

 4. It’s Another Day

 Perfect timing for a song that lets some light in. The whispery vocals and dreamy musical arrangements make for an inspired combo.

 5. One More Time

 Fast-paced Americana with atmospheric back up vocals and superb musicianship.

 6. In For the Night

 A sweet enough song, although it misses out on some of the power of the previous tracks. Also, at this point of the album things are beginning to sound the same.

 7. Tears Don’t Lie

 A solid ballad that would stand well on its own as a single. Cartea’s vocals are washed in reverb and the music sounds far away. Great use of effects.

 8. There’s A Place

 Another fast-paced but very subtle Americana track extremely similar to “One More Time”.

 9. Photograph

 Once again, no complaints about this track, which would be fine on it’s own, but in the context of the album, it falls through the cracks.

 10. Cover Me With Flowers

 The groove changes here slightly. A bit of rock n’ roll and dark folk enter the mix, and Cartea’s storytelling sounds vital and urgent. One of the best choruses on the album.

 11. On the Edge

 A beautiful A cappella opening to another hit. One of the best tracks on the album makes sure she ends strong.

 Album ★★★★★★½☆☆☆

 Deanna Cartea’s “Open Road” proves that she’s an undeniable talent worthy of much acclaim in Americana, alt country and folk music circles. Some tracks sound like instant classics, and her voice is so charismatic that she’s crafted something close to a signature sound here. That being said, it’s obvious she has a gift for writing with depth, but I would have liked to seen a bit more risks being taken with the music. There’s not a bad song on the disc. It’s just that some songs are stunningly beautiful and others are just…pleasant. Overall, it’s a very solid release from a soon-to-be star.

Check out Deanna Cartea’s websites at:  www.deannacartea.com and http://deannacarteamusic.bandcamp.com/.