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"On The Dashboard of a Shaky Car...a pastiche of finely tuned, female-fronted folk rock that hangs around the meeting point between Joni Mitchell, Beth Orton and Patti Griffin." - Sapphire Media Inc


"Lovely songwriting and arrangements" - Jim Sullivan


"No, it’s not a typo. The latest from Boston-based Arielle Silver melds multiple concepts into one word—an appropriate move from a songwriter who fuses clarinet with electric guitar, 7/8 drumbeats with folk melodies and angsty lyrics with snippets of Fiddler on the Roof.

Silver’s smoky alto recalls fellow rocker Patti Smith, while drummer Scott Manley’s powerful yet complex rhythms beg for comparisons to drum gods like Rush’s Neil Peart. The interplay between Silver and Manley is so locked-in, it’s not hard to believe that after finishing the record the duo hit the road indefinitely in their veggie oil-powered van.

Silver’s tough-yet-tender vocals move through the space where Lou Reed meets Chrissie Hynde, ensuring that Somethingprettysomethingtrue lives up to its name and then some." - DIY reviews


"...beautifully throaty, melodic voice belting meticulous poems. A truly talented songwriter." - *****


"a perfect voice and perfect musicianship on this... an urgency, passion, and honesty in the voice and intelligence in the writing and arranging... I like this: there’s a melancholy that hangs over this that just seems right." (Slimedog) - December 2006


Local singer/songwriter Silver first seduces with a rich, highly emotional voice. Though her arty, lyrical flair reflects Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell and even Jane’s Addiction, it’s a very personal modern rock approach. On her new, gorgeously produced CD, “Something Pretty Something True,” Silver even plays clarinet. - *****


How to classify? This is a tough one. There's something folky, but there's also a psychedelic feel.

Especially on "Flame I Should Fear". Arielle has a nice deep soulful voice that goes from soothing to an almost growl. Then the song goes into a show tune. Yes, I said a show tune, she sings a little "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" which is from Fiddler on the Roof. But she does it in a cool way.

Twice I singled out "Cover Me". It almost has a 70s feel, yet still fresh.

"How Beautiful, You" is lovely... achingly so.

Then we do a 180 and "5pm Busk" is quite funky. Reminding one of Ani DiFranco.

All in all this is a great record that is unique and has a variety of styles without sounding schizophrenic.

- a Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds


Vocally akin to Chrissie Hynde with an Armatrading shade and powered by an impressive and expansive folk funk ala Dave Matthews, Silver's first full-length studio CD — recorded 'twixt rush hour and bedtime on Boston's south side' — deserves as much attention as we can manage to give it.

Though some of the songs may at times sound like they're cut from the same mold (Time and Space, Cover Me, Missing You) there is more than enough intriguing material on somethingprettysomethingtrue to hold Silver well above the widening sinkhole of singer/songwriters who have nothing to add to the human discourse, but, through available technology and carelessness, feel the need to add it anyway.

With a keen sense of how a song works; expressive lyrics ("There are imprints of time on my skin"); and tireless, punchy performances from her tourmates — bassist Mariana Iranzi and hubby drummer Scott Manley — Silver wrestles with and makes peace with the world on the energetic title track, Flame I Should Fear, Cowboy, Pretty Parting Goodbye, Pull and Push and the evocative Prefer You Were A Girl. Several New England musical luminaries add spice and depth to this winning collection, especially cellist Lindsay Mac and co-producer/arranger Chris Florio on guitars and keyboards. - Mike Jurkovic


Arielle’s sophomore release “Somethingprettysomethingtrue” tries to be a lot of things but it doesn’t try to really break free of pop-rock which is a good thing. Silver’s vocals are empowered pro-feminine lyrics that are refreshing in the land of “man”. The music reminds me of classic R.E.M. at times with more orchestral pop and indie rock mixed in with delightful results. Wanting to find some hot female singer/songwriter folk-pop that’s nifty, dynamic, and outreaching? Look no further!

- J-Sin - *****


"You could fall miles into Arielle Silver’s powerful voice. That rich and throaty voice strides, warbles and leaps all across the album as she delves deep into her poetry journal."
- by Charles Martin (11/06)


Discography

somethingprettysomethingtrue: 2006 LP CD
On The Dashboard of a Shaky Car: 2005 EP CD
3 Minute Song: 1999 LP CD

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In the space between rush hour and bedtime, neo-folk/ rock songstress Arielle Silver's latest two albums, SOMETHINGPRETTYSOMETHINGTRUE and ON THE DASHBOARD OF A SHAKY CAR, were recorded back-to-back in a drafty, Victorian house on the south side of Boston with some of the city's best players. Released on independent label Passion Records, tracks from both albums have been added to AAA, college and internet radio stations across the US and Canada.

Drawing on inspirations from the scope of contemporary folk and indie-rock that is often compared with KT Tunstall, Patty Griffin and Chrissie Hynde, the 2 albums are stories of love, loneliness and contradictions, like urban tumbleweeds caught in the chain link fences and subway tunnels of modern-day American life.

Arielle was raised on the East Coast by festival-loving parents who regularly lent touring songwriters their spare bedrooms. Growing up, Arielle studied clarinet, oboe and sax, and kept a steady journal or stories that she twisted into songs on her parent's old piano. At age 20, after graduating with a degree in Psychology, Arielle bought her first guitar and descended into Boston's subways to play her songs for tourists and rush hour crowds. Later, on a clarinet scholarship for graduate studies at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, Arielle pulled together a band of exceptional talent, toured regionally, and landed an indie record deal to records SOMETHINGPRETTY and DASHBOARD.

Arielle has toured extensively, both on the East Coast and nationally, and has shared the stage with respected acts, including GRAMMY winning band America, Jennifer Kimball (of Jonatha Brooke & The Story), Kris Delmhorst, St. Vincent (Annie Clements of Sufjan Stevens and Polyphonic Spree), Lindsay Mac, Jay Nash and more, and in venues including the Millennium Music Conference, the Lowell (MA) Summer Music Festival, Boston's Club Passim, Atlanta's Eddie's Attic, and NYC's Pianos.

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THE BOSTON GLOBE-- "Lovely songwriting and arrangements"

PERFORMING SONGWRITER Magazine--
"Silver’s tough-yet-tender vocals move through the space where Lou Reed meets Chrissie Hynde, ensuring that Somethingprettysomethingtrue lives up to its name and then some."

THE BOSTON HERALD-- "Silver first seduces with a rich, highly emotional voice. Though her arty, lyrical flair reflects Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell and even Jane’s Addiction, it’s a very personal modern rock approach."

FOLK AND ACOUSTIC MUSIC EXCHANGE-- "Vocally akin to Chrissie Hynde with an Armatrading shade and powered by an impressive and expansive folk funk ala Dave Matthews, Silver's first full-length studio CD — recorded 'twixt rush hour and bedtime on Boston's south side' — deserves as much attention as we can manage to give it."

NORTHEAST PERFORMER MAGAZINE-- "poetic lyrics... fantastic songs... this record traverse(s) a range of emotional terrain before the adventure is over."

LANCASTER BARFLY (PA)-- "a patische of finely tuned female-fronted folk rock that hangs around the meeting point between Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin and Beth Orton."

RALEIGH SPECTATOR-- "beautifully throaty, melodic voice belting meticulous poems... a truly talented songwriter"

INDIE-MUSIC.COM-- "You could fall miles into Arielle Silver’s powerful voice.... [Silver] delves deep into life and extracts teh deepest of emotions."

THE NOISE-- "There’s a perfect voice and perfect musicianship on this... an urgency, passion, and honesty in the voice and intelligence in the writing and arranging... a melancholy that hangs over this that just seems right."

Sherri Mullen, Regional Director, NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOC. INTL. -- "Sultry vocals, intimate lyrics, layered flawlessly over elegant musical arrangements, make singer/songwriter Arielle Silver's unique style of alternative jazz-infused pop a refreshing and exciting new addition to today's AAA market"