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Mariel


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Mainstream acoustic pop

Status:

Most recent release, One Molecule of Love (2006)

See also:

CD Baby's page for Mariel

Comparisons:

'Stevie Nicks meets The Sundays', says her bio. I would tend to add Lori Carson as well. (marcel@kimwilde.com)

Covers/own material:

Mostly own, occasional covers

General comments:

A beautiful woman who sings beautiful songs. She does not expect any commercial success, but I think with the right set of people around her she just might get it. (marcel@kimwilde.com)

Mariel has a pretty voice and writes catchy songs. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

The Darkest Angel or Fragments of a Dream

Recordings:


The Darkest Angel

Release info:

1999—Aerial Sounds, P.O. Box 4634 Cherry Hill, NY 08034, U.S.A., aerialsnd@aol.com—1003

Availability:

Unknown

Ecto priority:

Medium

Group members:

Mariel—vocal, acoustic guitar, synthesizer, programming

Guest artists:

Rob Federici—acoustic guitar
Vinnie Martello—guitars
Mike Vogelman—bass
Bobby Corea—drums

Produced by:

Mariel

Comments:

This album starts out powerfully with two songs which I took an instant liking to. "The Darkest Angel" is an acoustic gem, whereas "Inbetween days", a cover of the classic uptempo song by The Cure, has been turned into a moody and beautiful ballad. Then suddenly, she goes into 'demo' mode with "Surreal love". This is exactly where the listener realises that Mariel has a limited vocal range which in some songs is not produced well enough. Fortunately, "99 Lies" is a rocking songs becoming her a lot better and songs like "Strange one" and "I'll be your mirror" (a cover of a song written by Lou Reed) further showcase her ability to mould a song into something worth listening to. Unfortunately, this can't be said for all of the songs. Her constant use of a higher register tends to get boring after hearing a few songs in a row, and I think she would benefit from stronger arrangements and better producer. I keep thinking that there's a jewel somewhere in there waiting to be brought out. (marcel@kimwilde.com)

Fragments of a Dream

Release info:

2001—Aerial Sounds, P.O. Box 4634 Cherry Hill, NY 08034, U.S.A., aerialsnd@aol.com—1004

Availability:

See CD Baby

Ecto priority:

Medium

Group members:

Mariel—vocals, acoustic guitars, keyboards, programming

Guest artists:

Chris Mood—guitars
Patrick Van Belle—drums
Chris Eike—bass
Lino—classical guitar, bass, programming
Rbon Federici—lead guitar on 1 track

Produced by:

Mariel (one track Mariel and Lino)

Comments:

Mariel's new album is very nice, but not essential. Her songs deal with lost love in a fairly intriguing way. Some tracks are very good, like "Cruel Scorpio", but others are far too insubstantial. A little spice to go with all the sugar would be good. Maybe a producer could help Mariel get the best out of her songs next time. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Marcel Rijs and Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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