This is one hell of a CD! I only received it a few days ago and it has not been out of my player since. The range of material on here is as breathtaking as the incredible vocal talents of Ms. Perea. Right from the opening of the first track, "Dancing With Angels", the lyrical and musical power grabs you and demands your attention for the next hour or so. Yvonne has, apparently, suffered some knocks in her life, and these provide the material for the strong, emotional pleas and statements contained within the lyrics. When, on "One Good Reason" she sings "Maybe someday I will find a man who will love me as I am", you find yourself knowing exactly what she means. The balls out arrangement of the songs shows the strength of her vocal talents, then, on the next track, "Train" the other, quieter side is shown. The range is truly inspiring and I am looking forward to seeing Yvonne live soon. Pick this one up soon!
Rating = O
LIVE CD Reviews:
O = Orgasmic (as good as it gets), M = Moonlight on the ocean (almost as good as an Orgasm),
B = Blinking (It just happens), V = Vomit (Not very good), S = Spice Girls (The only thing worse than vomit)
Martin Brown - Live Magazine (Jul, 2002)
I've seen Yvonne Perea perform several times, and each time I'm amazed that this soulful woman, doing what she calls "white girl blues", is a part of the local scene. I've scored big when I can walk into the Coach House, or Hamburger Mary's or the Gem Theater to see her show. While these venues have their own acclaim, I secretly understand the obvious: this singer/songwriter-performer belongs on every national stage in the country.
Celebrating her third release My Peace, Perea's uncontainable mountain of groove and soul, comes bursting through her music and lyrics to reflect her respect for love, connection and the reality of human emotion. She has a capacious voice that completely consumes every crack and crevice of any venue she plays. My treasured selections from the new CD are the Tracks, "One Good Reason" and the title track, "My Peace."
Yvonne started young, at age 8 she was playing the guitar and writing songs. To this day she continues to go full speed ahead. When you meet Yvonne, you can see this is her passion. She smiles the biggest smile when she's given a compliment about her music. What I love about Yvonne's personality is that she never takes her audience for granted. She does not walk in to a place expecting them to affirm her. She already knows who she is. She takes the stage to give out the music that so easily flows from her soul. Like a kid she has an air of shyness and sweet pleasure when the room goes crazy with a good vibe reaction. It's pretty cool to see.
She released two albums, "Knowing This Path" and "Tomorrow's Day" prior to "My Peace." I was a captive admirer from the moment I slipped "Knowing This Path" into my CD player. This is a normal reaction for those exposed to the blues, pop-rock, a-la Yvonne style for the fist time. First there's the unexpected surprise of her deep full voice, then there's a repeat surprise when she continues to blow it out consistently song after song. I've always felt that there's not a place big enough to do her talent justice. The bottom line is that it does not really matter where you hear Yvonne. Traveling the country on her self-planned tour or right here in town, the show will be unbelievable. The website says, "White Girl Blues", I think it's great "any girl blues" any time, any place.
Jordan Mercedes - Live Magazine (Aug, 2002)