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SOUTHERN COMFORT REVIEWS
Monday, June 10, 2013
Kama Linden Returns And Gets Countrified
Do you remember MySpace? It used to be “the” social media outlet several years ago and then Facebook moved into the forefront. I discovered quite a few very talented and interesting artists thanks to that site. Kama Linden was one of those artists that I ran across; a beautiful woman with a powerful, yet angelic voice and an infectious personality and attitude. The more I looked into the artist, the more intrigued I became with her. Her 2008 album Better Late Than Never helped to prove that she was no one trick pony; she is an artist of many layers.
Well, Kama is back and is solidifying her versatility in the world of music by going country on her new release Southern Comfort. Now, before you scratch your head and start to wonder why on the world did she go that route, step back for a moment and think about her previous releases. There were country and folky elements apparent throughout Better Late Than never as well as her 2006 album Uninhibited, so is this really that big of a stretch?
Southern Comfort combines all the elements that make Kama great at what she does: catchy songs and infectious melodies, plus her sassy attitude is all over the album. It’s not what one would consider old school country, but more modern country that has that pop feel to it. I think the opening track “Make Room For Mama” sets the tone for what can be expected on the album. This one is a toe tapper and it is sassy and I love that Kama’s personality seems to shine on this one. For the most part, the album is very upbeat and so infectious that you can’t help but to tap your toes.
There are several standout tracks on here including the title track, which may be somewhat autobiographical with lyrics such as “trade in my Yankee cap for a cowboy hat” and “I want to get back to my music roots”. The track “Jersey Girl” is another track that may be somewhat autobiographical in its content as well. Kama wrote all of the songs on the album, so that fact wouldn’t surprise me at all. Her vocal delivery on these songs, as well as the entire album, is sweet to the ear and so comforting. It’s hard not to fall in love with a voice like that.
Now, I do have to admit that I really like when Kama applies the brakes and slows the tempo down to do a slower, mellow type of song. She definitely delivers this time around with “That Way” as well as “Do What You Gotta Do”. I love the up tempo toe tappers, but there is just something really special about her songs when she changes up like that; her voice is smooth like butter.
Overall, I think this is probably the most solid album that she has delivered to date. Kama seems focused and determined this time around more than ever. She assembled a top notch group of musicians to help record this album and the deliver in a major way. It does have that country twang to it and the fiddle and steel guitar are great instruments to help provide such a flavor. The album definitely packs more substance to it than a good part of what’s on Top 40 radio right now. Do yourself a favor, you need to give this Kama Linden a listen and Southern Comfort would be a great introduction to the world of this super talented artist.
By stuartahamilton May 1, 2013
We’ve been fans of Ms Linden for quite some time now, having given “Better Late Than Never” and “Uninhibited” the thumbs aloft. We even got a bit hippyish and said it was “pointed, intelligent, literate pop / rock songs, searching for truth in life and love”. Which doesn’t sound like a sentence bandied around by me, but it’s all true.
This time around, though, Ms Linden has done gone and went country. Or, in her own words, “The songs you will hear on “Southern Comfort” were inspired by all of my travels, particularly to Nashville, and the Jersey Shore. All of these songs were written on, or about “the road”…The wonderful people I have met when traveling near and far made me feel at home when I was far away from home.” Like I said, done gone country.
But don’t go thinking it’s turned all Patsy Cline. No, it’s modern country with folky tinges. Which isn’t a million miles from went before, but with added slide guitar. Which is, officially, A Good Thing. You wouldn’t know it from the opening track, ‘Make Room For Mama’, but once the title track kicks in, it’s a much more comfortable place for fans of country.
There are some excellent songs on offer here, with album highlight ‘Lonely With You (I’d Rather Be Lonely)’, ‘Past Tense Man’ and the twangtatic ‘She’s So’ and ‘Jersey Girl’ my favourites as of this minute. It’s a well produced and well played record that her old fans should take to, regardless of the stylistic switch, and one that should bring in some new ones alomg the road.
http://www.jpdeuce73.blogspot.com/ "Kama Linden is the embodiment of positive energy." jpdeuce73
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER REVIEWS
KAMA LINDEN - Better Late Than Never: What can I say about Kama Linden that hasn't been said before? Well nothing really as it's all been said before and all that praise is so deserving as 'Better Late Than Never' is a brilliant pop album. Kama's music is so full of energy and passion that it's hard to ignore her music but yet there is more to this artist than catchy musicianship. Just listen to Kama Linden's voice and boy what a treat. This lady has a wicked voice which is very diverse, passionate and what's more it's very sexy sounding too! I love this album so much and it makes me feel good after a bad day at work and I have many bad days too! It's great to come home and just chill to this exciting artist from NYC. For me songs like the title track 'Better Late Than Never', 'Easier', 'Drink', 'Happy Girl' , 'You've Forgotten Me' and 'Last Call' are so special I love them! Not only do you get a great album with some wicked music and vocal delivery I have to say the production is on top form. I also dig the packaging which gives you a little insight to what Kama Linden is all about! 'Better Late Than Never' is one album you have to listen too! It would be sheer criminal to ignore this album! 10/10 - Mohican Records -- Steve
"Thanks for sending the nice with wonderful music. Since we area station with a broad variety in our music the songs upon Kama's new CD have been used in many shows. There is something for each an all upon there. A well written and performed act. Great tunes and great musicians. We sure can recommend"-- Lars G Lindberg MD Radio Siljan, Mora-Sweden
"As an old rocker This cd was fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I play several tracks every week on my radio programme If you have any more then please send them. Regards"-- Philip Arnold Radio Fremantle 107.9fm Hamilton Hill Wester Australia
"Good vibe, we play on radio 2 times a week. Good luck" Jorge Medeiros, musicatotal radio, portugal
Better Late Than Never Review by Louis Lamp
“Hi Kama, Loved your album, so did my audience. Love to hear more from you Yours, Paul van Kuik Radio 0162 - Dongen Netherlands
“Great CD, good music, very usuable for our radiostation. Played several times allready and will do that in the future!! Hope it will be the real brake true for you!!” Greetings, Harry Boerman Veluwe FM RTV Apeldoorn, Radio Putten,Radio Ermel Netherlands
“Great CD! I have featured the title track and "If Looks Could Kill" on my show, and will definitely be playing more of the CD as time goes on. A gifted performer. I look forward to more!” Jim Swain, NowLive.com Canada
“this is an excellent disc and is receiving plenty of airplay” David McCrory 2NVR 105.9fm / 2bbb 93.3fm Australia
"There are plenty of strong cuts on this album, with a remix and an outro thrown in for good measure. She has the pop music formula down to a science....Her vocalizations flow with the music, as if it was another instrument in the band....It is really hard to pick the strongest cut on the album because they all hold up real well..." Donnie G, The Rag Mag, NJ
"We have just received two copies of your cd "BETTER LATE THAN NEVER" through Radiodirectx...Now your cd, what a stunning album you have here. It has a certain something about it that just draws the listener in to desire more. I was mesmerized by your very creative way of using different vocal styles to paint a lustrous landscape of sound. Every track is strong and oh so listenable, your arrangements coupled with strong , no that should read veryyyyyyyy strong vocals supported by a wonderful band make this cd an absolute joy to listen to. All l can really say is congratulations. An exceptional cd, one that impressed us all." Peter Merrit, PBS 106-7 FM, Melbourne Australia
"I'm lovin it! Never a truer word in the album title, Better Late Than Never.
Tony Wilding, Rugdby Hospital Radio (.org)
"Better Late is an excellent disc, I was very pleased in this cd Kama Linden gives us a lot of quality with a very good compositions, is an album highly recommended for all lovers of good music, congratulations". Josep Palmada, Radio Villafant, Spain
"We love your work! Not only are the song's great but we even got a laugh from the cover.You don't sound like an Angrichik.Looking forward to the next one already. Cheers"
George Young Country Club Productions
"Great Album. Fantastic stuff for our Radio Station" Alex Pijnen, BRTO Radio
"I've successfully received your album. Thank you very much for sending me it! I'll be glad to broadcast your music in my program. Please, be in touch. All the Best." Serge Kozlovsky (.com) http://sergekozlovsky.com
"Thanks so much for Better Late Than Never. It's great--I like it a lot, and I will be playing the title track on my webcast today. And what a great surprise to see that you mentioned me in the liner notes. Thank you so much--that means a lot to me! I've never been immortalized in that manner till now! And yes, I will definitely write you a kick-ass review--probably end of summer." Mike Lidskin, TWIRLRADIO.com Sacramento
The RAG MAG review of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
Kama Linden Celebrates Independence With New Release
The Rag Mag
July 2008, Vol. 5 / 4
by Donnie G.
I first introduced the readers of The Rag
to Kama Linden in our October of 2005 issue.
At that time, I was extremely impressed with
her CD "Uninhibited". You could hear the
problems with past relationships in those songs.
At that time, I would have guessed she reached
her peak, because the material was that good!
Now in my possession is her latest release,
"Better Late Than Never". Not only do I feel that
she topped the last release, her material seems to
present her as a stronger person. One can learn from
The liner notes on the CD jacket explain that "Better
Late Than Never" is "a personal concept album." It is
her "own personal race against time." I don't know
what she is racing for because you can feel her energy
pulsating from the disc while it was spinning in my
player. You can still feel some of her pain, but she
is dealing with it better.
There are plenty of strong cuts on this album, with a
remix and an outro thrown in for good measure. She has
the pop music formula down to a science. The title
track is a strong piece that contains a moderate dance
beat. Her vocalizations flow with the music, as if it
was another instrument in the band. This tune, as well
as many of the others, is infectious enough to cause
you to remember the verses during your normal routine
of the day. "Been There, Done That" reminds me more of
an '80s dance number, with some of the instrumentation
reminding me of the great electronic outfits of that day.
"Easier" is just a great song, slowing down the pace of
the album. She tells her partner that he's got "more
issues than a magazine" and "more drama than a TV scene".
At least she stood up for herself!
It is really hard to pick the strongest cut on the album
because they all hold up real well. Other highlights
include "All About" and "Happy Girl", which flow into
each other. I love her proclamation: "Don't hate me,
'cause I'm a happy girl". She even adds a little scatting
later on the CD. Either way, this is a strong release from
a Pop Diva! Just like with her last release, Paul Snook
deserves kudos for making Linden's material come to life.
Not too many CDs come to me this polished, check it out!
To find out how, visit www.kamalinden.com