I have been waiting quite some time for this amazing young woman to release her debut album. Being a big fan and supporter of hers for over three years now, I was really excited when I found out that she was releasing this album. After the first listen, I was not disappointed in the slightest.
Although this album is catagorized in the “Pop” genre on iTunes and other various media outlets, Suzi’s country roots run deep and her talent is raw and unlike anything I’ve heard in a long time. The entire album is written by Oravec, with seven songs written by her alone. She reminds me a lot of Taylor Swift in that way. Both have amazing and undeniable songwriting and entertainment abilities. The album is filled with songs about love gone wrong, good love, and hopeful love. See a pattern here? Although the songs have that in common, the beats and the lyrics work wonderfully together. From the Kelly Clarkson-esque “Let Our Love Burn” to “I Love, She Lies” which reminds me a lot of Michelle Branch’s early work, the album is a tasty buffet of many music tastes, from pop, to country, and even a little rock. Perhaps my favorite track on the album, however, is a song entitled “Last Minute Miracle”, which was written for her mother, who passed in 2007 from Pancreatic Cancer. It’s a song that hits home for me also, and a beautiful written memorial to a loved one who has gone on before us. I saw her perform it in 2009 at Big Shotz in downtown Nashville and it was both beautiful and touching.
Overall, “Love and Lies” is filled with ten wonderful songs and is a great debut album effort. I’m so proud of Suzi and I think everyone should give this album a listen. I promise you won’t regret it. You can purchase it online via iTunes or her website at SuziOravec.com, where each album comes autographed. You can also keep up with Suzi and her music via Twitter.com/SuziOravec and at Facebook.com/SuziOravec. You can watch her videos, including covers and announcements, at YouTube.com/SuziOravec.
I give this album a 8/10 stars.