Some roads serve their perfect purpose, along the way her’s happened through Milwaukee. Most importantly her road is her road, and it has taken feet, shoes, wheels, tracks, wings, rudders, hoofs, whispers, screams and prayers to travel it, her music always in tow. Her road takes its next turn with the release of her latest ensemble of vocals on My Heart In Focus, a drifting and extremely personal take on classic R&B and Be-Bop-Pop.
My Heart In Focus presents an elegant tight spin on ice vibe that slows its revolutions with arms outstretched, nicely contrasting the versatility Meleni can rouse as shown in her earlier releases. You just can’t box her in.
The roots of Meleni’s music authentically grip all sorts of ground, felt very clearly in her tracks Organ Donor 2nd Movement and Last Laugh anchoring My Heart In Focus as all out velvet hammer bang-ers. Meleni’s album even touches a little vaudeville in Grace Jonesin’. Major just due to Salaam Remi for brining a ferocious musical vision to the album’s soundscape.
In natural fashion when I asked “So you been majoring coast to coast supernova growing, you warmed up for some crazy show in NY a while back, wasn’t it Talib? Now you got the album [My Heart In Focus] dropping how close do you feel to blowing!?” Meleni shoots “I’m blowin’ every day I can wake up and choose what I do.” That’s what dreams are made of.
Meleni Smith shines a consummate supernova not just in the studio, this live performance lets you see what many have seen but many more shall certainly see. Sound travels slower than light, especially in New York (well light travels slow there too). I don’t use iTunes, but I will now to snag this album, an alto love song to life: My Heart In Focus.
Meleni Smith puts the blues back in R&B for My Heart In Focus, Casey Gane-McCalla, The Urban Daily