(PRWEB) August 10, 2005
Susaye Greene, the last member of the Supremes, has, in her sophomore CD, ÂBrave New ShoesÂ, created Âthe album sheÂs always wanted to makeÂ. As much a canvas for studio experimentation as it is a celebration of GreeneÂs often underappreciated singing/songwriting abilities, Shoes is an album with enough varied sounds to appeal to underground hip-hop heads, lovers of the lost arts of traditional soul, R&B, and jazz, and even a classic rock enthusiast or two.
"Ray Charles taught me that if you enjoy and are influenced by all kinds of music, then thatÂs what you should do," the singer has said bluntly about her work to date; "ThatÂs why he was around for so long. ThatÂs why, if I like a rock song, a jazz song, an aria, or even a nursery rhyme, then IÂm gonna sing it, and put my whole heart into it."
While the same could be said about SusayeÂs last album, No Fear Here, a passionate set of songs ranging from alternative ballads, to jazz-tinged soul, to even a RogerÂs & Hammerstein tune, in this follow-up, Greene has pushed her eclectic tastes to an even higher plane.
Here, Greene has abandoned the retro sound of her No Fear Here, in favor of a mesh of musical genres that she has dubbed "Bio-Soul," mixing the smoothness of R&B, the hard-hitting swagger of industrial rock, and the wall of sound exemplified in electronica and dance music, all wrapped up in a package of polished production and solid songwriting skills.
This lattice of influences is seen in standout tracks like the futuristic "LivinÂ In A Vacuum," the fast-moving, fun-filled club pace of "Time," the jazzy funk of "Get What You Give," which possibly best shows GreeneÂs melodic strength and lyrical capabilities, and a cover of the Led Zeppelin rocker, "The Ocean," in which SusayeÂs wail may even match Robert PlantÂs.
So as not to scare SupremesÂ loyalists or the musically conservative, however, Ms. Greene has taken care to mix this newfangled stuff with enough nostalgia to keep in touch with her fans.
Among the work people may recognize, is a reinterpretation of club hit "High Energy," a standout from GreeneÂs former group, the Supremes.
"I always enjoyed performing it on stage, and I felt it was still relevant."
The centerpiece of the album, originally a collaboration with English saxophonist Courtney Pine, titled "Children of the Ghetto Revisited, (an Urban Drama)," touches on social issues in a masterfully unique way, due to the added perspective of rapper ingÃ©nue, Schism, as well as SusayeÂs still poignant vocals.
The Last Supreme steps out in her "Brave New Shoes", even to the extent of the cover art. Her intense portrait of Supremextreme, the comic book character she has created, captures the essence of her artistic talent. Painting, one of the many passions that she is following aside from music, can be fully appreciated on her website, http://www.supremextreme.com, where her personal gallery can be viewed. Her artwork can also be seen on Deviantart.com at http://www.supremextreme.deviantart.com/, the worldÂs largest online art community, which she thanks for rekindling her love of painting.
"DeviantArt is a place where artists of all ages and backgrounds, from all around the world come together to support and encourage each otherÂs talent, and display their artwork. Being able to view over 14 million works of art and personally contact any of the artists has made me realize my artistic strengths once again. IÂm thankful to all of them for that. ThereÂs a cultural phenomenon of community going on there right now that has never been seen in the world before.Â Because of this support from other artists, Susaye Greene has recently started to work on the animated films for her created characters, Supremextreme and the Shadow Ranger, projects that were on hiatus for a period of time.
"Supremextreme is maxinÂ the millenium!" says Susaye Greene, and so is she.
"Brave New Shoes" can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com and http://music.msn.com/album/?album=43553481 and available worldwide as of August 2nd on the Dollface Music Label.
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