Push Review

“Mariana Bell writes and records songs that tread on the fine line that separates commercial music from real music.  Sure, her songs can be appreciated by millions and millions of listeners.  But unlike the average commercial artist, Bell seems to make music that comes straight from her heart and soul instead of merely churning out catchy tunes to make a buck.  She’s made all kinds of heavyweight connections over the past few years.  Our guess is that Push will be the album to quietly push her music into the mainstream (perhaps that explains the album title?).  The songs are poignant and smart and feature super polished lush arrangements.  Produced by Eddie Jackson, the album in chock full of cool vibes…

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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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