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Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid

The Floacist

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Album Review

Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart's third solo release has no apparent grand aspiration, despite its title and hour-plus length, two qualities indicative of a concept album. In fact, there's no clarification as to whether the phoenix mermaid is part mythological bird, part human-fish, or merely a mythological human-fish from the real Arizona desert. Still aligned with Chris "Big Dog" Davis, who played all but one guitar line and one bassline and produced it all, Stewart stretches out across 13 tracks of introspection, romantic contentment and strife, sisterhood, and motherhood. It's all positive and empowered reflection, expressed through Stewart's mostly whispery recitations and singing. Over the course of the album, her approach can wear thin or fade into the background. Davis helps by coming up with a wide range of backdrops to suit the largely relaxed material, from the light gospel touch of "Try Something New (I Do)" to the acoustic jazz setting in "Mami Loves You." Most of the highlights from Stewart's first two albums involved smart pairings with vocalists, and this set — especially so, given its length — could use a few of them. A handful of these songs do stand with the best of Floetic Soul and Floetry Re:Birth, including the sunlit opener "Feel Good," the gently uplifting "On It," and modern quiet storm ballad "Good Love."

Customer Reviews


Touched my soul instantly

Absolute Perfection

It simply doesn't get any better than THIS!!! The Floacist in her Finest Hour.


I am soooo very happy that Natalie Stewart aka "The Floacist" keeps it going with her thought provoking poetry in music form. Her music is very inspiring and I hope she keeps bringing it for people like me that need to hear her lyrics on a bad day. Love Her! Keep it one hundred girlfriend.


Born: England

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

After the 2007 split of R&B duo Floetry, spoken word artist and whisper-voiced vocalist Natalie Stewart — aka the Floacist — made a handful of guest appearances on recordings by other musicians, including Brian Culbertson's XII. She signed as a solo artist to the Shanachie label, which released her debut album, Floetic Soul, in November 2010. Dominated by seductive ballads featuring Stewart’s trademark breathy whispers, she benefited from collaborations with Musiq Soulchild, Raheem...
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