Dee Dee O'Malley

Beautiful L.A.

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Deedee O'Malley truly merits increased airplay -- someone performing original material with a lot of enthusiasm and appreciation of life is good to find. O'Malley is aware of the ups, downs, and foibles of day-to-day life, yet still takes an overall positive look at it, as on "Falling," a song about the beginnings of love. The exception to O'Malley's upbeat tendencies is "Jezzebelle," the story of a woman who used her powers only to heal, yet was burned at the stake as a witch. It's a potent song, though a definite downer compared to most of O'Malley's other compositions. Not for people with vivid imaginations, and small children might find it scary. The polar opposite of that is the happy, upbeat tale of ongoing love, "Roses for No Reason." O'Malley is fortunate in her partner to be inspired to write like this. And the one that all beginning independent artists will want to play over and over is "Beautiful L.A." O'Malley pokes wry, gentle fun at her own less-than-stellar debut, singing to an audience of just her mom. The catchy, upbeat tune and enthusiastic presentation will certainly offer encouragement to other performers who are facing the economic challenges of "I sold my car/I guess I can't book any tours" and living for the hope of a "major label they're/Hot on my tracks." As O'Malley's website http://www.deedeeomalley.com shows, she's well past that stage, playing to full houses of avid fans. Certainly she'll have new performers hoping to follow in her footsteps beyond rocky starts and into success. It's always a pleasure to encounter an artist who just keeps getting better with each release, and O'Malley has surely delighted her audience again. Casual listeners will be readily turned to fans and will join the growing crowd hoping for more releases to go with this and her debut CD, Simple.

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