Sunday, June 26, 2016

CD Review: Bella D-The Crystal Ceiling(Availalble Now) Adrenaline PR




"Breaking Free" starts this great voice off in my ears of Christie Oakes and her multitude of musicians listed below:

 Tommy Kessler: Guitar: (Blondie, Rock of Ages, Blue Man Group)
Matt Beck: Guitar: (Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas)
Iakov Kremenskiy: (Talib Kweli, Outasight, Tanya Morgan)
Oscar Albis Rodriguez: Guitar/Bass/Keys: (A Great Big World)
Karl Cochran: Guitar: (Ace Freeley, Joe Lynn Turner)
Matt Rubano: Bass: (Taking Back Sunday, All-American Rejects)
Greg Smith: Bass: (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Billy Joel)
Steve Ferlazzo: Keys: (Avril Lavigne)
David Cook: Keys: (Taylor Swift, David Guetta, Jennifer Hudson)
Paul Morris: Keys: (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow)
Joe Deninzon: Strings: (Richie Blackmore, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow)
Daniel Flam, New York Brass: Horns: (Kanye West, Rick Ross, Jay-Z, John Legend)
Kevin & Melinda Brown: Upright Bass/Strings/Harp: (NJ Pops, Staten Island Symphony, NJ Ballet)
Bashiri Johnson: Percussion: (Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Queen)
Daniel Sadownick: Percussion: (Steely Dan, Jennifer Lopez, Billy Idol, The Roots)

  Just the guest list alone would be enough for many people to want to tune in but not only the music is great but the range of her vocals are a treat to the eardrums.

 My favorite song on the album is "End of the World" I just enjoy the overall mood of the song and the composition of the entire song overall. From the bio:  The Crystal Ceiling stands beyond your average concept album. The album is performed by some of today’s most gifted musicians, recognized for working alongside the world’s biggest talent. Impressively, not one of these musicians shared a physical space during the recording process. This entire record was recorded completely utilizing the power of the internet – a true product of the future. Here is the lyric video for "Save Me" 
With each song we are reminded what a great album this has turned out to be , song after song is just better each time I play it.From "My Fate is Survival" to the lead song , there is such a mix of great compass of diversity in each of the songs --really makes for a memorable album. From the bio: The Crystal Ceiling’s inspirational theme of escape from terrible circumstances, surmounting impossible obstacles and overcoming tragedy as a victorious hero is not just a fairy-tale – it’s Christie Oakes’ (the real life BELLA D) life story. Midway through the album recording process, Oakes received the terrible news that she had BRCA positive aggressive Breast Cancer and needed to not only endure grueling high dose chemotherapy, but also have massive surgery to remove both breasts and her ovaries, similar to Angelina Jolie. Since then, her music has taken on a higher stakes/real life-and-death meaning. Subsequently, this trying process inspired BELLA D to create the best piece of art that she could, and therefore required performances by the world’s greatest musicians.
 Inspired by her to continue her craft after receiving such devastating news as she did. I will mark this as one of the better albums of the year for sure. Not because of all that but because this is a good album.  Thank you for reading this SincerelyAnthony Nadeau