Sophia Shorai: Long As You're Living (2010)
Long as You're Living is a great display of "do what you love and everything will fall into place." Shorai's voice is sweet and light, while Barbarellabest known for his work with Prince and the New Power Generationbrings an energy that makes Shorai soar. Shorai is clearly eager to put her own spin on the lyrics, a goal that Barbarella helps the singer accomplish, as long as he's allowed to shine in the process; the two sounding good together, which benefits the music.
With themes of love, politics, and social responsibility spread throughout the recording, the standout tracks include the title track, along with "Black Coffee," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Everybody Knows," "In the Wee Small Hours," and "Big Brother."
A testament to the good music coming out of Minneapolis, it won't be long before Shorai extends beyond her local setting and becomes a regular fixture all over the air waves.
Track Listing: Long As You're Living; Black Coffee; Brother, Can You Spare A Dime; You Don't Know What Love Is; Old Devil Moon; Everybody Knows; In The Wee Small Hours; Hellhound On My Trail; I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry; Big Brother; Peace; Waters of March.
Personnel: Sophia Shorai: vocals; Tommy Barbarella: piano.
Record Label: Self Produced