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Aruna - 2005 Running Red Lights



ARTIST: Aruna
ALBUM: Running Red Lights
LABEL: Eskala Records
SERIAL: 881151003122
YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Aruna Abrams - vocals, piano, keyboards * Eric Schermerhorn - guitars * Jimmy Paxson - drums, percussion * Helix Hadar - drum loop, programming, synthesizers, producer * Shahar Tabachnik - drum loop, guitar, programming, synthesizers, producer

TRACK LISTING: 01 Break You Open * 02 Red Lights * 03 Walk On Water * 04 The Other Side * 05 Not Your Mommy * 06 Into The Light * 07 Saving Grace * 08 Too Late For Sorry * 09 Good Enough

RATING:


Background
One of the few highlights (should I say.. rare highlights) during my MySpace years was listening to Texan come Floridian pianist, singer/songwriter Aruna (Abrams). 2005 was a time when female pop artists were dime a dozen. Somehow the listening public threw their hard earned cash at godawful women who may have looked good but couldn't sing their way out of a paper bag. Not so our flame haired friend Aruna. I recall at the time reading some of Aruna's personal reflections of working in the music business, what it took to survive and some of the breaks which occurred along the way. She came across as very insightful, interesting and humourous in her own self deprecating way; which also came across as very engaging. From my perspective at least. Caught between a love of melodic pop and trance, it was surprising to read that Aruna once fronted a heavy metal band. I wonder how that went down? lol! Much better is this little gorgeous record 'Running Red Lights', released independently; I picked up my copy on CDBaby.


The Songs
Perhaps Aruna's best known song was the opener 'Break You Open' which combined melting moment vocals, some dab keys and a acoustic/electric pop backdrop which just tore at the heart and soul. The ballad 'Running Lights' is an introspective tale about a girl who loses her way in life while those of you who remember the wonderful Jennifer Paige during the 1997-2001 years, you'll enjoy Aruna's 'Walk On Water' which casts a ripple over the surface by way of comparison. Anything compared to the lovely Ms Paige gets a recommendation from yours truly. We get some piano balladry on 'The Other Side'; it's the sort of tune best applied to a smoky jazz hangout, the brushes and snares getting an appropriate workout. 'Not Your Mommy' has the same effervescent feel that Vanessa Carlton gave us a few years earlier, the song hardens up through the middle, very similar in style. There is an ethereal touch to 'Into The Light', a lilting effort with a nice mandolin and piano backdrop that anchors the song so that it doesn't waft away on the breeze. Another highlight is the radio friendly 'Saving Grace'. This is super-melodic, but is held in check without getting too rumbuctious. Easy on the ears for sure. Continuing the piano/jazz style heard on 'The Other Side', Aruna mellows out with 'Too Late For Sorry' which is probably too melancholy for its own good, but appropriate for the style of song. The album finishes up with the equally poignant piano solo balladry of 'Never Enough'. Not quite jazzy to be Diana Krall and too laid back to be Alannis Morisette. Still, this is what Aruna does well, and is pretty much her stock and trade.


In Summary
The lyrics of the album all evoke stirrings of the heart, and don't get bogged down in socio/political statements which some other ladies were writing about at the time. As mentioned, Aruna sort of ditched the singer/piano player aspirations and got more involved in the trance scene a few years after this. In fact there is a trance version of 'Break You Open', though it's nowhere near the class of the original. Aruna also appears as a guest singer on many trance projects, check them out if you can locate any of them on the Net. This album is still available on CD Baby should some of you wish to pursue this further..


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#1 | gdazegod on April 15 2013 15:18:10
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#2 | Eric on April 15 2013 17:24:30
Very nice.
#3 | gdazegod on May 15 2013 21:53:31
Aruna appears as a guest vocalist on Armin van Buuren's latest album 'Intense' (release date May 5, 2013). She sings on the song 'Won't Let You Go', which she co-wrote with van Buuren.
 
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