Franki Baaz
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Franki Baaz


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"Listening to “Passion Blue” by Franki Baaz feels like"

Listening to “Passion Blue” by Franki Baaz feels like realizing you want a one-night stand in a new city to turn into a long, significant relationship – something you had forgotten you were searching for. Franki’s low voice will creep into your mind, keening like your conscience. While there is nothing unusual in being backed by guitars, drums and keyboard, the rapport they have with her voice sounds almost supernatural. Their flavor reminded me of the southwestern desert at night – full of harsh truths barely hidden by the darkness. As the album plays on, the four-piece’s arrangements complement the high and low emotions brought on by Franki’s voice and lyrics. The listener cannot help but be carried away. This is her fourth album. With only 10 songs, “Passion Blue” is a modest offering, but the selections are exactly what need to be there. And like its name implies the album is deep, wild and tinged with melancholy.
- Vanessa Moore

"The Music of FRANKI BAAZ is very strange..."

FRANKI BAAZ "PASSION BLUE" Style: sad acoustic pop/folk. Release year: 2002. Formats: CD. Label: IMPRESSIVE MUSIC. The music: the music of FRANKI BAAZ is very strange, it could result easy in its definition: pop, mainly acoustic music, with a slight folk touch, but what makes it so especial and different is the character of the music; a lake of sad and beautiful music over which the moon and the plaintive and deep voice of Franki is reflected. In the back cover photo of the CD you see this five people from L.A., so serious and languid, and dressed in black, and so is the music here contained, yes, it is relaxing and pop, with occasional guitar solos of something between country and blues that make the music different, but it is so bitter..., so pale... They normally follow a very concrete sketch: acoustic calm with a subtle rhythm that is resolved with a punctual and more melodic ending, although of course this can be altered to add variety to the matter; so the fifth "Let Me" is very vivid, while the next ballad "Carry On" has a light background orchestral atmosphere and the last two numbers (which are only produced by Franki, the others by Franki and Grayson Wray), that are even darker and very different from the rest, with a repetitive tendency which make them more hard for the common pop listener; "Why" is only based in keyboards atmospheres (and Franki), "It's You & I" is still more tremendous; slow distorted guitars and a kind a funereal lament of Franki, and even a electric guitar solo (sometimes it seems doom...). There are also some other influences in the music: Franki sometimes uses a kind of Indian intonation in her singing and there are some details taken from easy listening music and maybe new age (or something like that...). For some people it could sound too much unfortunate, but that is never a problem, in SHE DIVINE music like this is always welcome. Some other data: Franki Baaz is a veteran of the L.A. scene, "Passion Blue" is her fourth album. GLOBAL GRADE: 8/10 Review for, internet radio.
- Hector Noble Fernandez

"Excellent vocals, songwriting and arrangements"

After listening to this album, I find it hard to believe that this artist has not yet been duly recognized. She's head and shoulders above most performers garnering commercial and critical attention. The songs are melodic, moody and atmospheric yet accessible, which is a rare combination. Beautiful, haunting songs of love and loss played with tasty inventive musicianship, and with a truly unique vocalist/lyricist at the helm. Stand out tracks: Crazy, You Don't Understand and Don't Take it Away. Everyone I play this CD for is blown away.
- Rick Heatherman

"Franki has somehow managed to escape major media attention"

ARTIST SPOTLIGHTS: FRANKI BAAZ Franki Baaz is a long time veteran of the L.A. music scene that has somehow managed to escape major media attention. She's released several albums, and her latest, Passion Blue, is a fine listen indeed. She sings mostly love songs of a moderate tempo in a unique and haunting voice that reminds me of a cross between Grace Slick and Enya. Her backing band provides support that is tasteful and very tight. The album is well produced, letting her voice take center stage and soar and slide through the arrangements, and also letting the band shine in some well placed solos. It's not jazz, but it skirts the edge of jazz for some exquisite tunes. Franki Baaz can be heard on NeverEndingWonder Radio. NEVERENDINGWONDER.COM JUNE 23, 2003 - NEVERENDINGWONDER.COM

"And she leaves a good feeling"

Franki has been part of the Los Angeles music scene for a while. This is the latest of several albums that she has recorded. “Passion Blue” comprises her sultry vocals in a laidback frame of mind – very easy listening in mostly love themes. With a tight band, Franki’s voice soars through the well-crafted arrangements. She has a strong hand in the production, alongside Grayson Wray, who also chips in with additional background vocals. There is certain appealing flair displayed by Franki – a style of its own – and she leaves a good feeling.

- Carmine Pascuzzi

"Passion Blue is a great exception"

Franki Baaz`new album Passion Blue is a great exception in the landscape of overproduced and smoothed out pop albums. Passion Blue is food for the soul and a breathing record made alive by great musicians, rather than pro tools or logic. Franki Baaz is at the peak of her song writing and who would be surprised by another #1 single at kaos-fm? Definetly a must have album!
- Food For Your Soul, December 15, 2002

"Over-Sexed Hot Mama"

Franki, After dancing around the office like idiots we have approved Over-Sexed Hot Mama for distribution on iSOUND.COM. This means your song is now available on all sections of our website in addition to your artist site. Keep the great music coming! Live Life Loud, Max Content Manager - iSOUND.COM

"Franki Baaz- Passion Blue"

This album from Franki Baaz has been out around four years now but is well worth picking up. Like her other album ´The Marriage Of Sex And Love´ this has captured the same qualities. I really love Franki´s voice over the Acoustic Rock - Both work well together. Have a listen to ´To Steal Your Will´ for a great example of how a song should be written. Throughout this album there is so much passion and it´s criminal why this woman and her band aren´t being played day in/day out on radio. America has some mega faults with people like George Bush running the show but they have some great things too - Franki Baaz being one of them. I love this lady. (Impressive) 9/10


"Franki Baaz - Sex and Love"

The first thing you notice about Franki Baaz is her good looks. She has a face that captures you but that´s not her only asset. Once you hear her voice you´re just freeze as the passion coming from her mouth is addictive. Musically this album rocks and I can see why Franki Baaz and her band were nominated for ´Best Alternative Rock Band´ at the ´LA Music Awards´ in 2005. This is one of those albums that you must play from start to finish just incase you miss something. Every track has the same passion as the last and you´d be very hard to pick out one that stands out from the rest. Not many people can write albums with so much passion but Franki Baaz has managed that. The production is tops for capturing everything great about this album. Even if Alternative Rock isn´t your passion you do need to give this a listen. I want to hear more! (Impressive) 9/10


The Marriage of Sex and Love (2005), Passion Blue(2003), Wisdom(2000), Great City, Earth Dreams, Great City, Great City



Franki Baaz had 1 cut from both the 'Passion Blue' cd album and the 'Sex and Love' cd album played on MTV and VHS, in 2006. And in 2005 Franki Baaz was nominated 2 times for Best Alternative Rock Band 2005. Once by Los Angeles Music Awards and once by Rock City News. And all 3 of the last Franki Baaz albums are getting 20 to 25 spins a week on ISON, the Australian commercial radio network which plays music globally, UK & USA BREAKING POP Ch.O105. And a song from "The Marriage of Sex and Love" album, is getting airplay on INDI 104.7, a local L.A. commercial radio station. All three CDs, "The Marriage of Sex and Love", "Passion Blue" and "Wisdom" are being played continuously on the Austrialian commercial network stations, ISON, which is a worldwide network. The songs from all the cds are averaging a total of 25 spins a week.