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A Noble Songwriter

19 MAR 09 DAVID VIENNA

Keri Noble's self-titled Telarc debut belies her sheltered upbringing and late introduction to pop music. Despite a relatively short time as a writer and performer (eight years), the album's tone is that of a veteran musician who's suffered enough broken hearts for a box set.

The daughter of a pastor and the product of a rigid religious home life, it was Joni Mitchell's album Blue that first inspired the young Noble to attempt penning something personal, rather than commercial. The change worked in her favor and, after working her way into the Detroit music scene, she picked up gigs opening for the likes of Cyndi Lauper and B. B. King.

The first single from Keri Noble, "Ooh Oh," captures the melancholy that accompanies a dysfunctional relationship. (Check out the video here.) And the disc opener, "Watch Me Walk," features shades of alt. rock angst and a sublimely catchy bridge-to-chorus progression. The solid, emotionally honest songs call to mind the music of other such artists like Hilary McRae or Sia.

Mostly full of mid-tempo anthems, the disc serves as a re-introduction to American audiences after Noble made a bold career move after her first album, Fearless, to concentrate on foreign audiences. Now, she's a household name overseas and ready to take the States.

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