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Mary Lee's Corvette
Love, Loss And Lunacy
Emergent Records
www.maryleescorvette.com


Mary Lee's Corvette, an acoustic pop/rock combo fronted by lead vocalist Mary Lee Kortes, has released their fifth album Love, Loss And Lunacy, produced by multi-instrumentalist Stephen Butler who also plays various bass, keyboard, guitar, piano, and drum parts on the album. Mary Lee's Corvette is best known for remaking Bob Dylan's album Blood On The Tracks on the band's live album in 2003, taped at Arlene's Grocery in New York City. The band comes into their own on Love, Loss And Lunacy, determining the structures and essence of their melodies and plowing through with ornamental fringes decorating their chugging beats.

Loss, Love And Lunacy dips into a number of genres from folk/pop tunage like the opening track "All That Glitters" to the country tinges of "Wasting The Sun" and the flustering rock flurries of "Verla." Mary Lee Kortes' vocal ranges delve in deeply and plume, twist around, and resonate with precision, latching onto the slopes of the melodies. The tunes are folksy oriented and fitted to Mary Lee's vocals like in the song "Nothing Left To Say," an acoustic folk/pop number that is vocally challenging and effused with jazz percussion movements and tambourine shimmies.

Mary Lee Kortes nestles sections of trumpet intervals on "Wasting The Sun" and weaves through the bass and Wurlitzer combo on "Every Song Is Different." Her vocals have a pitch that is reminiscent of Michelle Branch and a resonance that shines like Celine Dion, quite noticeably on the track "Where Did I Go Wrong Elton John," which complies with the sweet staccato folk tones caressing the melody. "Falling Again" also shows off Mary Lee Kortes' vocal strengths in a pop/rock shading.

Mary Lee's Corvette frequently plays the club circuit in New York City, but this album has also brought the band to the UK where they played several shows in London and across the English countryside. Love, Loss And Lunacy has touched audiences with its complex mix of electric and acoustic textures in shades of pop, rock, and folk. The tracks fit Mary Lee's ginger vocal tones and solid trajectory amassing a force of gravitational pull all on their own. Along with Greg Didonato on drums, Eric Ambel on guitar and drum programs, Keith Christopher on bass, Rod Hohl on electric guitar, Brad Albetta on bass and Wurlitzer, and Konrad Meissner on drums and percussion, Love Loss and Lunacy takes a plunge into experimental mixes and makes a go at vocals that can reach over mountains.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
1. All That Glitters
2. Wasting The Sun
3. Verla
4. Thunderstruck
5. Nothing Left To Say
6. Where Did I Go Wrong, Elton John
7. Lucky Me
8. Learn From What I Dream
9. I'm Saving Grace
10. The Blood Of Stones
11. Falling Again
12. Every Song Is Different


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