Leah Andreone

Alchemy

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By serving as co-producer of her second release, Alchemy (along with Black Sabbath/Two producer Bob Marlette), Leah Andreone had more involvement than on her 1996 debut, Veiled, ultimately resulting in a more diverse and interesting collection of songs. Whereas the debut was a straight-ahead collection of Alanis Morissette-esque alterna-pop, Alchemy is the complete opposite -- far more unpredictable sonic experimentation and a wide variety of musical styles are touched upon. It also appears as though Andreone is confident enough with her songwriting to take chances, such as the track "Try to Take Your Time," which merges jazzy sounds with samples of a Paul Stanley stage rap (from Kiss' 1975 Alive!). The funky "Porn" sounds as if it was written back in the '70s, while "Sunny Day" and "Swallow Me" are more current-sounding. Alchemy shows that Leah Andreone is maturing as an artist and songwriter, and is headed in the right direction for chart success.

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