Karise finds her voice

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - JAR­RAD BE­VAN

KARISE Eden has an un­for­get­table voice.

Even for the few who didn’t tune in for the tele­vi­sion singing com­pe­ti­tion The Voice – me – it’s clear Eden would stand out in any crowd.

Af­ter win­ning the show, what’s next? The plan with these things is al­ways to strike while the iron is hot, to get an al­bum, any al­bum, out as quickly as pos­si­ble.

My Jour­ney cob­bles to­gether seven songs from the show plus some newly recorded cov­ers, her post- show de­but sin­gle and one of Eden’s own com­po­si­tions. It’s a lit­tle hit and miss.

While some of these song se­lec­tions worked well for TV and got peo­ple vot­ing and buy­ing sin­gles on iTunes, there are also mo­ments that feel unin­spired in an al­bum for­mat.

The record starts promis­ingly with It’s A Man’s World, a per­fect show­case of her gutsy, husky vo­cal tal­ents.

But up next is Amy Wine­house’s clas­sic heartache bal­lad Back to Black, which comes off wishy- washy, limp and ul­ti­mately im­pos­si­ble to com­pare to the orig­i­nal, with Eden found want­ing.

One of the few mod­ern songs Eden tack­les is UK X- Fac­tor star Re­becca Fer­gu­son’s Noth­ing’s Real But Love. While Eden is good at in­ter­pret­ing clas­sic blues bal­lads, this one shows off her pop abil­i­ties nicely.

Fleet­wood Mac’s Land­slide was the one song I con­sid­ered skip­ping over, it’s a favourite and I thought she might butcher it and ruin my day. Shouldn’t have wor­ried.

Eden’s per­for­mance is del­i­cate and per­fect and she doesn’t fall into the trap of try­ing too hard, chang­ing it up or stomp­ing on the tune’s style.

If The Voice con­tin­ues, and the rat­ings say it will, some­one will sing Leonard Co­hen’s Hal­lelu­jah next sea­son.

And the one af­ter. And the one af­ter that. Eden does a good job of this stan­dard, as her gritty voice fits the mood com­fort­ably.

She’s of­ten com­pared to Janis Jo­plin, so it’s no sur­prise to find Move Over here. It’s a great choice be­cause it’s not the most ob­vi­ous Jo­plin tune but also be­cause it’s got some rock ’ n’ roll oomph. A wel­come ad­di­tion to an al­bum that is con­sis­tently mid- tempo for the vast ma­jor­ity of its run­ning time.

The two songs that aren’t cov­ers stand out for that very rea­son – they are fresh and not bogged down by the weight of over- ex­po­sure.

The same can’t be said for her cov­ers of Dock of the Bay, The Weight or Hound Dog, all of which are dull.

It’ll never hap­pen, but it would have been fan­tas­tic if Eden was al­lowed to take the time to put out an al­bum of her own ma­te­rial with just a cou­ple of favourite cov­ers.

The dan­ger of a My Jour­ney- style al­bum is her fan base may tire of this well- known set and move on quickly.


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