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C-Ville Weekly Issue #23.18 :: 05/03/2011 – 05/09/2011

The many places of Mariana Bell A singer-songwriter’s complicated relationship with home BY ANDREW CEDERMARK On Push, the once-local songwriter Mariana Bell gives vocal pop a shot of adrenaline, upping the ante on a radio-ready formula with refreshing formal complexity and intense execution. On the title track—perfect single fodder, by the way—drums that rush the song through its first chorus lurch to half-time on the second. The arrangement gives the impression that the song is almost stuck, fighting against its own momentum. On the move: Mariana Bell returns to town to release a new full-length, Push, at the Southern Café and Music Hall on Sunday, May 8. Blake Hunter and Genna Matthew open the show. (photo by Martin Baird) But consider Bell herself, and that feeling—the…

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directcurrentmusic.com May 12 2011

Mariana Bell – Singer/songwriter deftly walks the line between commercial adult pop and the more eclectic and personal indie tunecraft on her nicely balanced third album…born in Australia, raised in Virginia, hitting the usual pass-the-hat folk clubs in New York for a while, she now calls L.A. home // Release: Push (May 10) // Sounds like: Bell isn’t shy about mixing up her folk/rock roots with a few well-chosen, rough-hewn guitar riffs on songs like the soaring title track and the blustery, uptempo country/rock anthem “Good Enough” // Quote: I’ve always felt that I’m a folk singer and that’s my thing…but now it’s more like the record has different distinct things– one that’s more folky and one that’s more modern… So I’m just not afraid to…

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