comments and reviews:
Symmetry" is magnetic. The CD will stay in your player.
The songs will stay in your head. And this magnet has flux
lines: songs range in tempo, mood, accessibility, and weave
unexpectedly. Stacy crafts her lyrics. Their density of meaning
could be daunting but the young voice, singing in minor keys,
is effortlessly seductive, and makes listening easy. Acoustic
guitar supports and punctuates, without obtruding into her
musical message. "Saboteur" shuts up a room like
a nude scene in a R-rated movie. Stacy also takes on archetypal
themes ("Notes for Liza" is a bank shot from Dostoyevsky,
"Sirens" from The Odyssey), with plaintive - sometimes
abject - reflection. The title song "Broken Symmetry"
is superficially a relationship metaphor, yet broken symmetry
has deeper meanings in physics and topology. And it's not
a cerebral display; it's just there. Magnetic, crafted, musical,
archetypal - yep, all the right descriptions included. You'll
be rewarded by the decision to listen, and more rewarded on
the second listen. Promise.
is very 4a.m., still, and eerie, and philosophical.
I believe the
words haunting, compelling, sophisticated and enchantingly
beautiful best describe your CD, "Broken Symmetry."
Your music reminds me that there is still good cause to appreciate
music. Thank you for that. The vocals are captivating, the
lyrics intelligent and the instrumentals blended perfectly
to create a total audio experience where one can, but need
not, disengage mentally and really feel the music. I could
listen to this CD everyday because each time I hear it I find
something new to like about it. I want more, so please don't
stop. I have recommended "Broken Symmetry" to all
my friends and would recommend it to anyone who loves music
or wants to learn to love music.
is sweetly haunting - I fell in love with Margo Timmins when
I first heard her, Stacy has the same deep earnest tone. I
didn't check the liner notes to see who wrote the songs -
but somebody is channeling a serious muse... I like the sparse
use of funky intervals that don't sound too strained (and
then resolve nicely).
For a debut album,
Stacy Kray's Broken Symmetry is a remarkably mature recording.
Deftly combining sensuously melodic vocals with subtle percussion
and warm guitar hooks, Symmetry evokes a lonely empathy reminiscent
of a Chris Isaak lament, spiked with Suzanne Vega's clear
eye for detail. Ms. Kray patiently reveals a gift for cryptic
and literate storytelling, whether channeling Greek mythology
(Sirens), Dostoyevsky (Notes for Liza), or Gershwin (The Man
I Love). Yearning characters reveal their conflicts reluctantly
over repeated listening, while intimate arrangements conserve
the silence their stories break. Violin, keyboard, and even
the sound of rainfall accentuate the acoustic guitar rythyms
while her clear, haunting vocals stand out above the mix,
framed periodically by shimmering harmonies. One wonders how
her characters got into all this mess, but their heartbreak
is compelling. A real keeper.
a little bit like the Cowboy Junkies after a mild dose of
heroin. Seriously, the woman has talent.