Karen Tweed and ‘Essentially Invisible To The Eye’(August 13, 2012)
I’ve always found it quite difficult to review solely ‘instrumental’ albums as I admit to not being as knowledgeable as I’d like about every instrument. Let’s just say that from a layman’s point of view I’d
generally find an album devoted to say accordion rather one dimensional. But, when talking, in this instance of Karen Tweed and ‘Essentially Invisible To The Eye’ we have a different beast altogether. Breathing life (rather clichéd I know) into what is essentially a ‘squeeze-box’ and creating images in the listeners mind is no mean task but Karen does so with consummate ease.
Slipping from standard traditional tunes to conjuring images of French café street musicians while encompassing the beauty inherent in the old soundtrack chestnuts ‘Edelweiss’ and ‘Que Sera Sera’ shows Tweed at her inventive best. In her sleeve notes she points out that this album is a musical journey of her ‘life’ thus far and I believe that in so doing this CD above all others she has performed on really is a mission statement achieved.
Without wishing to wallow in a bath of nostalgia I feel we have the equivalent of adding Radox to make the whole experience far more pleasurable and if you thought that a squeeze box is just a squeeze box think again. ‘Essentially Invisible To The Eye’ available on May Monday Adventures MMA 6327002.
Reviewer: Pete Fyfe