Any similarity to previous works finishes with the opening chord (and what a statement that is) of Destiny and Seraya is all set to take us on yet another musical journey to a destiny of our choosing; I say yet another, as each and every album from Seraya has different counterpoints and musical differences that draw one on board, as an aural passenger, to one’s ultimate destination.
With that slightly sensual sultriness, Seraya takes us on an organic musical ride through the second track on the album and who better could sing those words ‘Gonna rise above your hotel love’, in fact, who else could have written such lyrics? Seraya has always used her literary skills to make her writing that bit more personal, insightful and exciting and when that is coupled with a great musical manuscript, we are all winners. The mix of organ, percussion and guitar with Seraya’s vocals on this track carry it to another dimension and show that she is a voice for all ages, all seasons and all people.
Peace, Love and Understanding is far from an understatement and is a (dance) track for our times, which shows Seraya's versatility at work as only she can do; who would (and could) take a serious topic and turn it into a dance track without losing the message? Few others, I can assure you. This is an important track and yet also the wild card on the album, but it sits comfortably and intelligently here amongst the other tracks.
With some clever keyboard playing accompanied, not only by Seraya’s vocals, but by some tight string and vocal harmonies, Beautiful Mess is almost anthemic but just holds back from being so, thus making it far more personal and almost visual for all of us, no matter our age or gender.
ANYTIME portrays Seraya at her glorious best and shows that she is not held hostage to the past; this is all part of a musical sojourn that we are pleasantly drawn into and onto by Seraya. May the journey continue………….
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