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Listen to Carla Morrison's "Compartir"

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Música Nueva: Carla Morrison's 'Compartir'

Música Nueva: Carla Morrison's 'Compartir'

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Carla Morrison belongs to the rare breed of young artists who sound even better live than recorded and post-sound edited. The first time I heard this young Mexican singer, it was a live performance and I was mesmerized. Her voice is truly her instrument, and it moves with ease between a naive croon and the wail of a hurt bird. When I compared her to some of her recordings, I felt they were missing the brilliance of her live act. Her CDs somehow extracted and packaged her sweetness, without the angst that lies beneath her wonderful voice.

In "Compartir" (To Share), it's apparent that Morrison has evolved immensely as an artist, and learned how to package her essence. It's a beautiful love ballad about wanting to share yourself with someone you love, but who is far away. The song has a retro feel, somewhat like '50s love ballads. Some will notice the ghost of Etta James hanging around the song, but to me, Morrison's sweet and sorrowful voice owes a lot to Eartha Kitt. Listen to the song below:

Listen to Carla Morrison's "Compartir"

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Música Nueva: Carla Morrison Presenta 'Compartir'

Carla Morrison es una rareza entre los jóvenes artistas de hoy: suena aun mejor en vivo que grabada y editada. La primera vez que escuché a esta joven artista Mexicana en vivo, me hipnotizó. Realmente usa su voz como un instrumento, y se mueve con facilidad entre una dulce inocencia y un aullido angustiante. Sin embargo, cuando comparé sus grabaciones a sus shows en vivo, sentí que faltaba algo- faltaba esa calmada potencia que tiene esta cantante sobre el escenario. De alguna manera sus CD's extraían y empacaban su dulzura, pero sin la escalofriante angustia que yace debajo de toda esa miel.

Listen to Carla Morrison's "Compartir"

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"Compartir" demuestra que Carla ha evolucionado inmensamente como artista y ha aprendido a empaquetar su esencia. Es una bella balada acerca de querer compartir tu vida con quien amas, pero que esta lejos. Tiene un aire retro, se oye como las baladas de amor de la década del 50. Algunos notaran que el fantasma de Etta James anda por los pasillos de esta canción. Pero para mi la voz traviesa, dulce y triste de Carla le deber mucho mas a Eartha Kitt. Escuchen la canción: