Laura Hull

Hullabaloo

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A later entry to the music world, Laura Hull is essentially a cabaret singer with some relatively recent training for the job. On her sophomore album, she provides an entire set of original compositions, a couple of which received honorable mentions from various songwriting contests. Unfortunately, along with the nice compositions she has a tendency to run off key a bit. More often than that though, she has a tendency to stretch into vocal ranges that her voice just doesn't go into. There are deep notes here that simply don't sound good. There are high notes that don't carry well either. It's only in the middle of her range that Hull really has her chops at full capacity. On Hullabaloo, she's not too bad. The style is definitely influenced by the cabaret sound, with a bit more emphasis placed on power than melody now and then. Still, she has a fair set of abilities, and though she can shift from large-scale cabaret songstress to lowly hotel bar singer, there's some potential in there for a basic American Songbook-style singer, but with an ear for new compositions.

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