Cordelia Stephens <http://www.cordeliastephens.com/> - Wide Awake Dream (Independently released CD, Pop)
Another smooth and satisfying collection of tunes from Brooklyn, New York-based singer/songwriter Cordelia Stephens. This talented lady's music sounds something like a cross between Suzanne Vega and Natalie Merchant, while at the same time never sound too much like either. This is a very professional sounding album, particularly when you consider the fact that it is an independent release. These songs are intelligent and resilient, and will surely stand up to many repeated spins. Ms. Stephens has a great resonant voice and she has a warm overall presence that comes through loud and clear in these tracks. Thirteen intriguing cuts that clock in at close to fifty-two minutes. Our initial favorites include "Wide Awake Dream," "Waiting," Time Takes Away," and "Forget Me Not, England." Nice, pensive thoughtful music with a conscience.