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Elessar Thiessen - A Rainy Week in Paradise

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When Elessar Thiessen wishes for a girl that stays up all night praising her creator during "I Need a Woman," it's clear Thiessen is not your typical singer/songwriter.

Much of this album has a breezy, pop vibe running through it. Elessar has a jazzy kind of vocalist, and he sings these songs over a mostly piano instrumental backing. What separates Elessar from - an many times puts him above - the usual singer/songwriter pack, is that he's a fairly confessional artist. While he may not be as awkwardly honest as, say, Marvin Gaye, he's nevertheless unafraid of putting his heart right out there on the line.

One song that stands above the rest is "You Girl." Instead of being light pop, this one is much heavier blues. It's also built upon some serious blues electric guitar. Furthermore, if features a smokey, Billie Holiday-like female vocal counterpart from Alexa Dirks. It's a departure, and quite a nice one. The lyric speaks of how, even on the way to work, these lovers can't have music on in the car. This is because they cannot concentrate on anything other than their lover. Serious!

A Rainy Week in Paradise is a witty way of saying trouble in paradise. And while there's some trouble somewhere, this great music will even make you forget about any rain.

Elessar Thiessen - A Rainy Week in Paradise
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