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"Crystal Sunshine spreads her magic in 'Nephilim Blood'"

A REVIEW by Samireh Samadi

Singer Crystal Sunshine is influencing an inter-generational demographic with her album ‘Nephilim Blood’. This unbelievable album from Showtime Records features songs like ‘Love is a Tomb’, ‘Road Kill’, ‘The Haunting’, and ‘Bleed’. ‘Scent of a Man’ and ‘Just Like You Said’ are two of my personal favorites from this dazzling vocal artist, her voice crossing gender, age and our preconceived notions what what kind of music we like to listen to. Utterly ageless, this music resonates in us. Poetry and music, with the misty presence of something otherworldly all come together in this album with an originality belonging to the artist alone. Her influences, whether Tori Amos or Guns and Roses, are elements that contribute to her voice, but in no way dominate it. She has found a sound that is her own and her voice is one that when you hear it…you will never forget it.

If you love music and you haven’t heard Crystal Sunshine, this album should be on your list of acquisitions. You will be unable to get her voice out of your mind long after you have turned-off the cd player. You’ll find yourself singing along with her long after you have put her album back into the case. She has a magical quality and she shares it with us willingly, spreading her magic among us. - Samireh Samadi


"CRYSTAL SUNSHINE: ArtChix Magazine Artist of the Year"

The music of Crystal Sunshine is artistic intercourse. It is an experience both sensual and spiritual, tapping the heart and soul of the listener and opening the door to a new realm where we feel as though we are rising above the world below us.Her album, ‘Nephilim Blood’, crosses the lines of genre and fuses them together. The sound of blues and goth come together to create a signature style. The heart and soul of the artist is projected through song, but also through a poetry all her own. She is an up and comer, standing before us as an original. The angelic-looking singer has a Celtic quality to her and her music a deep spiritual influence. It touches the soul in a way only a certain artist can do and Crystal Sunshine has the magic, the originality and the voice to make her listener her willing captive. She is wonderfully talented and our ArtChix Magazine Artist of the Year for 2009.By Samireh Samadi, Art Critic, ArtChix Magazine - Samireh Samadi


"NEPHILIM BLOOD" CD REVIEW by"Mike Meroney""

DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT YOU FELT LIKE THE FIRST TIME YOU HEARD CRYSTAL SUNSHINE? I DO.I STILL HAVEN'T RECOVERED.IT WAS LIKE GETTING HIT BY A REALLY SEXY BOLT OF LIGHTNING.I RAN ACROSS HER PAGE ON HERE AND WAS GREETED WITH THE ABSOLUTELY MESMERIZING SOUNDS OF HER SONG "THE HAUNTING." I COULDN'T BELIEVE WHAT I WAS HEARING.MAN, I WILL SIT HERE ,SOMETIMES FOR HOURS, AND CRUISE MUSIC PAGES HOPING TO FIND SOMETHING EVEN REMOTELY INTERESTING AND ORIGINAL.BOY, DID I GET WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR AND MORE.

ANYONE WHO REALLY KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT I AM THE MUSIC GUY.YOU KNOW THAT ONE GUY IN THE GROUP WHO IS ALWAYS CARRYING AROUND NEW SHIT THAT YOU HAVEN'T HEARD YET.THE GUY WHO IS ALWAYS TRYING TO GET YOU TO CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING NEW BAND.OF COURSE, MANY YEARS AND TOO MANY UNINSPIRING BANDS LATER I HAVE BEEN LEFT QUITE JADED TOWARD THE MUSIC SCENE.IT TAKES A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT TO IMPRESS ME AND THAT DAY "HAUNTS" ME STILL.SO, ALMOST A YEAR LATER HERE I AM LISTENING TO CRYSTAL'S VERY FIRST CD.

FIRST OFF, I MUST POINT OUT THAT THE ACTUAL CD IS NOT OFFICIALLY RELEASED IN STORES UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST.BUT, YOU CAN GO TO CRYSTAL'S PAGE AND BUY ALL THE TRACKS FROM ONE OF THOSE SNO-CAP JUKEBOX THINGIES IF YOU OPEN UP A ACCOUNT.SINCE I AM SUCH A MUSIC FAN I WILL STILL BUY THE CD ON SEPTEMBER 1ST BUT I WANTED TO HEAR WHAT I HAVE BEEN DYING TO HEAR ALL THIS TIME.THE COMPLETE UN-CUT SOUNDS OF SUNSHINE.

WHEN I REVIEW A CD I USUALLY HAVE TO LISTEN TO IT FOR ABOUT A WEEK OR SO TO REALLY FEEL WHAT I AM TRYING TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND AND START CHOOSING MY WORDS TO SHARE THAT EXPERIENCE WITH THE READER OVER A PERIOD OF DAYS.THE FACT THAT I STARTED WRITING THIS REVIEW ABOUT MID-WAY THROUGH MY SECOND LISTEN SAYS MANY THINGS.

CRYSTAL SUNSHINE HAS CREATED A MUSICAL MASTERPEACE FOR ALL TIME.YOU WILL NEVER HEAR ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN YOUR LIFE.HER GLOOMY AND SEXY MIX OF GOTHIC POP MIXED WITH A TINGE OF JAZZ IS UN-LIKE ANYTHING MY EARS HAVE EVER RAN ACROSS.LAYERS UPON LAYERS OF KEYBOARDS AND VOCALS AWASH YOUR EARS AND YOUR SENSES IN A GLORIOUS BATH OF SENSUOUS RHYTHMS AND EERIELY EVOKED MELODIES THAT PRACTICALLY FLOW OUT YOUR SPEAKERS AND CARESS YOUR VERY SOUL.

SOME OF THE SONGS WILL ALREADY BE FAMILIAR TO HER FANS."OH SEYMOUR", "SO SORRY" AND "THE HAUNTING" SOUND VERY MUCH LIKE THE VERSIONS THAT HAVE BEEN FLOATING AROUND FOR A WHILE.SURELY THEY HAVE BEEN TWEAKED A BIT BUT THESE SONGS WERE ALREADY AS NEAR TO MUSICAL PERFECTION AS IT CAN GET."ROAD KILL" AND "SWEET GOODBYE" ARE TOTALLY REWORKED FROM EARLIER DEMO VERSIONS.BOTH OF THESE SONGS SOUND MORE AMAZING THAN EVER.CRYSTAL DID ALL HER BACKGROUND VOCALS AND SHE REALLY PUSHED THE LIMITS AND SOUNDS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.HER VOCAL TALENTS ARE ESPECIALLY KIND TO ONE'S EARS WHILE LISTENING WITH HEADPHONES.IN FACT, WHAT SHE HAS MANAGED TO ULTIMATELY DO IS BRING BACK A LONG MISSED RELIC OF THE EARLY MUSIC DAYS.THE HEADPHONE ALBUM.I MEAN, I COULD CERTAINLY ENJOY THIS CD ANYTIME,ANY PLACE,ANY WHERE ....LISTENED TO UPON ANY MEDIUM.BUT, IF ONE TAKES THIS MUSICAL JOURNEY WHILE LISTENING TO IT WITH HEADPHONES CRYSTAL HAS CREATED AN ABSOLUTE GEM OF AURAL ECSTACY THAT WILL MAKE YOUR EARDRUMS FLUTTER AND YOUR SENSES TINGLE.

OF THE OLD SONGS THE ONE THAT REALLY GETS THE SPECIAL TREATEMENT IS THE TITLE TRACK"NEPHILIM BLOOD." I HAVE LONG CONFESSED TO CRYSTAL THIS IS SURELY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND CAPTIVATING PIECE OF MUSIC I HAVE EVER HEARD IN ALL OF MY EXISTANCE.THIS SONG REALLY GETS RE-DONE AND ALL THE VOCALS ARE BEYOND ANYTHING EVER COMMITTED TO TAPE.ABSOLUTE PERFECTION.

THERE IS NOT A DULL MOMENT TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE ON THIS ENTIRE DISC AS ITS 40 MINUTE DURATION LITERALLY RACES BY YOU IN NO TIME AND BEGS TO BE STARTED ALL OVER AND PLAYED AGAIN AND AGAIN.THE ALBUM CLOSER IS PARTICULARLY WONDERFUL."SCENT OF A MAN" IS A ROLLICKING AND JAZZY NUMBER THAT COULD ONLY BE DELIVERED THE WAY CRYSTAL SUNSHINE DELIVERS EVERYTHING ELSE.SHE BELTS OUT EVERY SONG AS IF IT WILL BE HER LAST AND HER VOCAL DELIVERY AND ABILITIES CAN BE BEAUTIFULLY CALMING YET AT THE SAME TIME HAVE THE FEROCITY OF A LION TEARING INTO YOUR ASS CAVITY.

THERE IS NOBODY ELSE IN THIS WORLD OR ON THIS MUSIC SCENE QUITE LIKE CRYSTAL SUNSHINE.SHE TAKES THE WHOLE PIANO PLAYING CHICK THING TO ANOTHER LEVEL.SHE SINGS MORE BEAUTIFULLY THAN A CHOIR OF ANGELS.SHE IS A TRULY GIFTED AND GENIUS SONG WRITER.THIS CD IS JUST THE FIRST CHAPTER IN WHAT I HOPE TO BE A LONG AND CAPTIVATING MUSICAL JOURNEY FROM A VERY SPECIAL LADY.CRYSTAL FUCKING SUNSHINE.THIS IS HER WORLD.WE JUST LIVE IN IT. - Mike Meroney


Discography

1 Nephilim Blood
2 Love Is a Tomb
3 Road Kill
4 Just Like You Said
5 Drain You
6 Sweet Goodbye
7 The Haunting
8 Sing My Soul
9 So Sorry
10 Bleed
11 Oh Seymour
12 Scent of a Man
13.Bitter Cold
14.Home Sweet Home
15.Always and Forever
16 Rising High
17 Science project gone wrong

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Crystal Sunshine's name sounds like she's the next trendy Pop artist, but she's not that at all. She's quite a character--a self-proclaimed "weirdo," but more importantly, a creative woman with a sound that can only be described as "happily dark," and it's completely genuine. She has a luminous voice backed by ominous background music (in which she plays the piano and strings), which results in a spiritual sound. Calling it "good" is greatly understating it. It convinces those tuning that they're in store for a bad trip, which instead turns out to be refreshing and revitalizing. Nephilims are the offspring of humans and angels as mentioned in the Bible, so her title refers to a being that transcends the living and the dead. Sunshine's music is the kind that softly takes listeners to a foreign dimension, while still maintaining a radiance that is difficult to explain to those who have never heard her. It is worth mentioning that she deserves a listen, for the experience alone. One may feel enlightened. Like Patti Smith meets Jewel in a cave and they share a botttle of wine and exchange stories. Track 1: "Nephilim Blood" showcases Sunshine's ability to lure in listeners with her singing and it helps that she has the most appropriate and best-suited musical accompaniment. The arrangement is flawless. Track 2: "Love is a Tomb" exemplifies Sunshine's lyrical prowess which at times is hidden by her voice in such a way that it doesn't matter what she's singing about—it just sounds good, hands down. Sunshine tends to give her voice a personality of its own and in this case it's forlorn and strong at the same time. Very impressive. Track 3: "Road Kill" is a metaphor for how one feels when a lover has an air of superiority, and Sunshine is dead-on (no pun intended) with her explanation. She takes a simple piano track backed by eerie organs, and gives it depth with her magnificent lyrics. Track 6: "Sweet Goodbye" is appropriately titled, because it is the softest, most angelic offering here. High-octaved piano keys mixed with heavenly strings and Sunshine's brightest performance convey a lovely message: "As we live to die…nothing like a sweet goodbye." Reviewed by Reggie Altema at Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion