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by Noe Kamelamela
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Jun 6, 2016

When someone puts out a record with the same company she founded ten years ago, there are a lot of liberties she is free to take. Rachael Sage's twelfth studio album, "Choreographic" leverages those freedoms and adds in collaboration from beloved artist friends and work that's of the moment. Connections she's made as a performer whether as part of MPress Records, over the internet, in her travels, or from past music she's composed can be included. The album art has her poised as if right in between a movement or before the beginning of one with her face in profile. It is a statement the music matches well.

Sage cannot be accused of doing the same thing over and over again and certainly versus "Blue Rose," her album released two years ago, there's a distinct shift towards music that works well with contemporary dance. Quite a lot of the topics as well as the depth of the lyrics retain a confessional feeling for which she's famous: these windings may be easier to follow if you've listened to her other music. The deeper pieces appear to be meaningful conversations meant to be had with a close friend, semi-close ex-lover or current lover, or other forms of family.

"Heaven" and "Try Try Try" color the first half with a finger snapping, toe tapping, head bobbing cheeriness. Overall, the songs are sort of perfect for the country genre, though I don't think that's intentional. The abundance of stories and a specific kind of tempo would do well even if the twang in her voice is clearly New York and not Nashville. There are definitely more strings included than would be found on most pop albums. Lots of stories are encompassed, from pursuing an artist's path despite the haters in "I Don't Believe It" to the sad and mournful "7 Angels." The trumpet on "French Doors" adds a nice touch to an already introspective retrospective about a past relationship.

"Choreographic" ends in a somber and centered place. Her work has been compared to Carole King's and the inclusion of "So Far Away" as a bonus track is a pleasant addition. Some of Sage's fans may have never heard of Carole King even though the the Broadway musical "Beautiful," first debuted three years ago and soon to be a movie has, reintroduced King into the popular lexicon or at least to fans of musical theatre of which I am one. "Clear Today" of all of the songs on the album could be a Broadway number. This critic hopes Sage may have aspirations to pen a musical someday, too.

Rachael Sage
MPress Records
$9.99 (mp3) -15 (CD)

Noe Kamelamela is a reader who reads everything and a writer who writes
very little.


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