Maria Sais de Sicilia was previously in Lydia and currently in Bears of Manitou. Her And Gold is her solo project getting help from Blake Kimball(Lead guitar)Tony Robles(Drums). Carousel is her debut album.
To be honest, I haven’t heard much about Maria Sais de Sicilia or of Bears of Manitou and I want to say that I’m a fan of her but I’m not sure if I am. Carousel isn’t a bad start for a solo career but is a bit odd. Every so often while listening to one of the songs on this album, something changes that also bothers me and I switch songs.
For songs like St. Teresa and wildfire, there is a lot of repetition and gets annoying very easily. I find that for all of the songs, the instruments drown out her voice and makes it hard to understand the lyrics she’s singing without feeling the need to look them up. I will admit that Maria has a very beautiful voice and she uses it to her advantage, but for songs like, Magnolia, Someday, and St. Teresa I feel like they are a bit too slow for her voice. If the tempo was a bit quicker I think that it would have made these songs much better. Another thing that makes it very difficult for me to understand the words or even enjoy the songs is that there is an echo of sorts of her voice on every song. Even though I do like songs that have this awesome effect because sometimes it does make the song better but in this case, it just takes away from it. A few songs sound good with the echo like, Happy, while others sounds odd and hard to pay attention to.
Like I said before, Maria has a beautiful voice, I love the different notes and pitches used to show how soft and delicate her voice is, yet how sure and strong it can be too. Take The Lead has a very smooth transitioning between the verses and the chorus which I really enjoy. There’s a really good use of techno displayed throughout the album and in most of the songs. I like that different types of techno is used to help make all of the songs sound different. What I really like about this album are the songs, Start Again, Take The Lead, Carousel, and Happy because of their lyrics. The Lyrics are vague enough to be able to relate to the listeners yet still have meaning for the band.
Overall, I will listen to Her And Golds next album since this one didn’t disappoint but showed that there is a bit more to be learned. From this album my favourite songs are, Start Again, Take The Lead, Happy, and Carousel. I would recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of States, Lydia, and BOY. If you enjoy Her And Gold then you should certainly check out Bears Of Manitou.
1. I got a tortured mind
And my blade is sharp
A bad combination in the dark
If I kill a man in the first degree
Baby would you flee with me?
A sinister kid is a kid who runs to meet his maker
A drop that spreads from the day he’s born
Straight into his maker’s arms
That’s me, that’s me
The boy with the broken halo
That’s me, that’s me
The devil won’t let me be
(Lyrics from Sinister Kid)
2. She was made to blow you away She don’t care what any man say Well, you can watch her strut But keep your mouth shut Or it’s ruination day
(Lyrics from She’s Long Gone)
Indigo By Never Shout Never
1.I’ve been caught at the scene of the crime.
I’m in love with a woman,
But the woman’s not mine.
She’s tied the knot with an acquaintance.
I’m doing my best to be patient.
I wrote her a song but she wasn’t impressed.
She’s nonchalant but she’s so well dressed.
(Lyrics from Sorry)
Carousel By Her & Gold
1. Don’t be shy, I’ve got time.
(Lyrics from Happy)
2. Adolescents learning lessons in growing up
We never looked behind us to see how much we fucked up
We lost our heads instead
(Lyrics from Carousel)
3. Bright eyes to the sky
Brave enough to fly
Fear can’t find you if there’s love inside
(lyrics from Take The Lead)