RATING: 4 CHET BAKERS
Remember the name Amber Ojeda. Because the San Diego artist will be the next big music star. I don't say that lightly, and I've never said that about someone in a review before, but listening to her album "Space.Bar.Love" I'm shocked that she isn't a major star already.
It's the most perplexing thing to me that she is not already a multi-platinum artist that is permeating every facet of the music aspect of the media. Her music should be on the radio every day, at least twice a day. She should have music videos on ... whatever channels still exist for music videos.
And while her music has been featured in some TV series and films, she should be all over. Her music should be in movie trailers, where it's that one song that gets stuck in your head after watching it, and you just have to track it down and listen to it. She should be on a ton of music magazines, she should be on every music blog that there is.
However she is not. Yet. I predict that she will be, at the very least much more well known than she is now by the end of 2012.
I love the way that Amber is able to balance some of the soulfully jazzy tracks with this lounge type vibe to them that evoke memories of another indie artist named Ondine Darcyl, with the more uptempo and danceable tracks which are more reminiscient of Nelly Furtado at times. I've always loved artists that can deftly combine various styles of music into a single effort and really pull it off. Amber pulls it off very well, and she is an immense talent that everyone should hear.
With a lot of indie artists when you hear their product, it doesn't come off as polished as it could be. There are some that I've received to review and the so-called "finished" product was just a mess, and it made me figure they didn't care enough about their work to put in the proper time and effort. Which in turn, made me not able to enjoy the work and I ended up not reviewing them.
Amber's album is extremely well done both in the production values and the overall presentation. Her album cover is quite honestly one of the better I've seen. It's fairly simple in execution, and yet it's just so fantastic and is just another illustration of the professional image that Amber has.
From the opening of the album on the track "Comma (Midtro)", I was hooked with the smooth mellow track, and the spoken word type rap, along the lines of Natalie Stewart aka The Floacist from the UK Soul group Floetry. As the album progressed, it varied between the loungy jazz tracks and the more mid-tempo R&B/soul tracks, and then the uptempo tracks.
Space.Bar.Love is that moment, for Amber Ojeda. Perhaps the Mayans got it wrong after all. 2012 doesn't mark the end of our world, it just marks the beginning of Amber Ojeda's introduction to the world that sadly has missed out on her up to this point. She's already been featured in small roles on a few excellent television shows, namely Veronica Mars and the cancelled-too-soon, Terriers, and I imagine that she's got big things ahead of her in 2012 and beyond.
I cannot recommend this album enough, and you can pick up "Space.Bar.Love" at Amazon's MP3 store or Itunes.
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