Even if you didn't know that Maria hails from Denmark, her debut release contains enough clues to let you know she's "not from around here," at least as far as the rigid formats of urban music are concerned. Produced by hitmaking countrymen Soulshock and Karlin (who've worked with Monica, Whitney Houston, and Toni Braxton, among other big-name divas), the R&B on My Soul is very moody and very European, a quality that cuts both ways. On the one hand, the busy electronics and Maria's wispy vocals sometimes suggest nostalgia for late-'90s trip-hop, a predilection that can make the album sound dangerously dated. On the other, there's something appealing about the young singer's fragility; in an age where it seems almost every urban artist of the fair sex is a strong, strong woman ready to show you her ba-dum-pa-dum-dum at a moment's notice, the vulnerability and loneliness (as well as the PG-rated innuendo; "Coffee in Bed" is about as racy as this disc gets) on display here are almost refreshing. And the capper is "I Give, You Take," an ace left-field success that crystallizes Maria's outsider appeal. Something like Brandy cooing atop Coldplay's atmospherics, it's an heir to similarly adventurous singles like Dionne Farris' "I Know" and RES' "They Say Vision," which proved modern R&B females could rock out too. Whether Maria will follow those artists into (apparent) one-hit wonderdom is hard to tell, but the sound of her soul on My Soul is intriguing, at least.
Performance CreditsMaria Primary Artist
Denyse Buffum Viola
David Campbell Conductor
Darius Campo Violin
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Peter Kent Violin
Dean Parks Guitar
Tim Pierce Guitar,Mandolin,Guitar Effects
Patrick Warren chamberlain
Evan Wilson Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Sean Hurley Bass
Susan Chatman Violin
Eric D. Jackson Guitar
Dan Smith Cello
Michele Richards Violin
Donald Ferrone Bass
Technical CreditsDavid Campbell String Arrangements
Joel Derouin Contributor
Bill Malina Engineer
Michael Ostin Executive Producer
Soulshock Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Justin Stanley Producer,Engineer
Karlin Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
James Lassiter Management
John Dukakis Management
Saul Freeman Producer,Engineer
Glen Nakasako Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My Soul based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
I like every song on this album, some songs had to grow on me, due to the "synthed" sound but this is one CD that the more you listen, the more you will like it! She does not have this powerhouse voice and the music is not over the top,but is still very nice and original! Collectively everything fits just right. The tracks are original and she co-wrote the whole thing, which I can respect. Anyone who has ever been in love will be able to feel her. This album is simple, yet heady. Her voice is husky and the music is good and does not overpower her vocals. This CD reminds me of the fall and winter when one can be introspective and thinking back. The title track "My Soul" is so simple yet intense. I listen to this CD everday and do NOT SKIP A SONG, EACH ONE HOLDS ITS OWN MERIT...JUST KEEP PLAYING IT
Wow! She is really a great singer! I love her song "I Give, You take" it's really nice and romantic! Her songs are GREAT! You should really get this CD! She is an amazing singer! Keep on the good work!
This is a cd must buy for all you girls. it talks about how we feel and what them guys really do. this is a great cd so go out and buy it!!!
THIS ALBUM IS GREAT!! MARIA BRINGS "REAL" MUSIC, BACK TO THE WAY IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE - PLEASANT AND MEANINGFUL!! HER VOICE IS AWESOME - SO SOFT AND SOOTHING AND RELAXING. LISTENING TO HER ALBUM GIVES YOU A FEEL OF R&B, SOUL, POP, SOFT ROCK, ALL MIXED INTO ONE SOUND. MARIA IS THE "NEW" SADE!! GREAT ALBUM!! AND IT DIDN'T EVEN GET FULL, BLOWN-OUT PROMOTION LIKE OTHER BIG ARTISTS. BUT MARIA IS ON HER WAY!!!!