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Hardly Glamour

Maia Sharp

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Album Review

Cloudy-voiced Maia Sharp's debut Hardly Glamour is a sweet portrait of a young artist trying on a new coat and stepping out into the world to see how it feels. Indeed, the opening track is a fine tune, and would have been right in line with Triple-A radio had Sharp been a more familiar name. With all of the jazz, swing, and folk undercurrents, it's easy to catch on that Sharp is a talented artist, even if her voice lacks the power, emotion, and range of someone like Sheryl Crow. It's truly forgivable, because she makes it up with her musical strong suits and songwriting. "Only Way of Knowing" is as smooth as it gets, while "Solitaire" shuffles and sways right along. Then there's "Wandering Heart" and "The Apology," which sounds a familiar note for anyone who has ever felt like they were playing second fiddle in a relationship. The closing track, "Parting Request," is a lovely coda, a quiet resting place in the guise of a simple piano/vocal offering. Sharp is onto something here — hopefully the beginning of a long career.

Customer Reviews

World-class vocalist

I have a number of Ms Sharp's records. They're all great, each with all-time classic songs. There is a number of really excellent tunes here, including The Apology, Solitaire, and Brownstone. I cannot recommend Maia Sharp more highly for those who must have real music, with top-notch musicianship. Sharp clearly keeps a close watch on all arrangements, on orchestration, etc. And she makes some killer, modern songs. Her voice is disarmingly plain and unadulterated, the kind you can recognize in an instant anywhere. My life is richer because of Maia Sharp's music.

Wow.

Parting Request is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.

Biography

Born: Central Valley, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Being the daughter of country songwriter Randy Sharp (who wrote hits for Clay Walker, Patty Loveless, and others) helped give Maia Sharp a leg up on her way to a musical career. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley of the '70s didn't hurt, either; that was the era of Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, and Rickie Lee Jones, and music was in the Southern California air. By age 12, Sharp was noodling around on the piano, saxophone, oboe, and guitar. Fast forward to her early twenties, and she could be...
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