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Buick Audra - Rose Ink Review

With Avril Lavigne's recent regression to Brit-Hil-JoJo's nya-nya-nya-I'm-the-coolest- girlfriend-you'll-never-have fare, you can be forgiven for assuming Buick Audra's is a wannabee in need of an overall tune-up. In fact the first cut (the self-deprecating "The Worst of Me") may strike some as yet another bubble gum—albeit sugar free---offering from yet another teen or tweenie wallowing in her version of premature despair. You could be forgiven for jumping to that conclusion, but you'll burn in eternal heck (where Milli Vanilli songs are piped in 24-7) if you refuse to open your ears and eyes to the REAL Buick Audra. For starters, judging by her press pix (gorgeous but not the pigtails and school kilt variety) and the fact that she's been a member of the rock band 33 Slade for more than a decade, Audra doesn't deserve lumping into the teeny bopper bushel. You owe it to this Brooklyn babe and to yourself to give Rose Ink a second listen.

Hitching a ride with this Buick WILL pay off. Quickly. By the second cut, you'll be hooked by Audra's distinctive vocals: strong without being off-putting or so progressively rugged that you want to give your eardrums the equivalent of a soothing pedicure. By the sixth cut, you'll treated to the some positively lush harmonies, acting like a mystical musical broom sweeping away anything and everything that doesn't contribute to the cut's pure, clean sincerity. No surprise that the entire cd (with the exception of "Soft As", which was co-written with Mario Quintero) was penned by Audra; that level of lyrical openness and matching musical freshness are generally reserved for singer-songwriters sharing their own works.

"What Stability To Entails", an apparent ode to her brother, is a prime showcase for her range, something she evidently cherishes, if the nod of appreciation on her liner notes is any indication: she offers special thanks to Freddie Mercury. The cd design itself is as revealing as her music. Safety pins, a dressmaker's mannequin and scissors on the rose -colored sleeve reflect Audra's days as a designer for the likes of Guns N' Roses and Alison Krauss. Singer, songwriter, designer: whatever the label, Audra manages to stitch together things of beauty and substance. Here's hoping Buick rides into your town soon and decides to park long enough for you to soak up her many and varied musical talents.

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