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Convict of Conviction

Sonya Kitchell

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Album Review

Here's a talent to discover and savor, as Sonya Kitchell's name is likely not on the top of your to-find list, but should be. Her winsome, thin, and dusky singing voice bears inevitable comparison to Feist, wafting through these original songs based on a certain surreal romanticism. Kitchell also plays piano, guitars, and fronts a spare ensemble of violins and cellos, adding further to the haunting refrains her voice conjures, perhaps comparable to Robyn Hitchcock. There's serenity and sensuality combined as her chordal piano punctuates the cleverly titled two-beat "Convict of Conviction," but on occasion Kitchell stretches high notes in cloudy refrains that are half somber, half plaintive. Where "Mr. Suicidal" might be morbid in a light rock pulse, the light, steady and evocative "Snowing" displays perfect snowflake imagery for the cold winter months. The string arrangements are not at all syrupy, matching the elusive nature of Kitchell's singing, especially during "Gypsy Eyes," which can easily be her signature song and sound. Certain credit where credit is due goes to bassist and arranger Garth Stevenson for giving Sonya Kitchell the tools to create these siren songs of uncertainty, impending blues, and thinly veiled hope. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Very Enjoyable

I bought this album because my girlfriend was a fan and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The jazz inspired vocals are very Joni Mitchell/Rickie Lee Jones-esque. After some research, I discovered that Kitchell is only 21 years old. She writes songs with the technical ability and skills of someone much older. A must buy.

Who

I like Sonya Kitchell a great deal, so I rushed to buy this new album. But why does the iTunes biography of the artist begin like this:

Biography
A jazz-influenced singer/songwriter whose primary influences appear to be Joni Mitchell (circa Hejira and Mingus) and Rickie Lee Jones, Nellie McKay was born on March 1, 1989. The Northampton, MA-based artist . . .

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Biography

Born: March 1, 1989 in Northampton, MA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A jazz-influenced singer/songwriter whose primary influences appear to be Joni Mitchell (circa Hejira and Mingus) and Rickie Lee Jones, Sonya Kitchell was born on March 1, 1989. The Massachusetts-based artist first discovered her songwriting talent on the afternoon of September 11, 2001, when the 12-year-old Kitchell returned from school so shaken by the day's terrorist attacks that she turned her journal entries into a song. Local press attention led to a one-off date at the...
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