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CD REVIEW: Proof by Elle Casazza

Songwriter, singer and live performer Elle Casazza showcases her own retro-pop signature style in her recent “Proof” record. The album includes the reggae-ska-pop fused track “Too Bad,” her recent love ballad “You,” along with soul influenced songs such as “Hey” and “Cooking.”

Engineered and mixed by Jeff Breakey for Good Wolf Music.Mastered by James Auwarter at Coda Room Audio, Chicago, IL. Photography & album artwork by Dorey Kronick. All songs written and sung by Elle Casazza while backed up by a deluxe band. The CD kicks off with the uplifting, soulful sounds of “Hey” which gets things underway with her wanting to hear what you have to say. But she can’t do that if you don’t open up and listen. This is a bright, solid opener to whet the appetites of the most positive music lovers. It pops from start to finish with everything this album is about. And once you hear “Save Me” you are tapping your toe and it’s pretty much over, “Proof” is on the way to delivering. The sassy vocals center around not caring what anyone has to say, but what they do. It’s a song of total independence, something that Chaka Kahn or Tina Turner would be proud of. The beat is strong, the guitars are funky and the whole track just rocks along. You can also get a slight Adele vibe from her voice, but it’s more of a tone inflection than anything else. This is really just the jazz style keeping a contemporary pop feel.

You can’t count out the R&B influences either, which come on strong with “Too bad” contending the most for it. Another big sounding track that keeps up with the best of them here. The organ seals the funky deal on this track, and there is no denying that once you hear it. This is followed-up by more of a preachy ballad, done in what appears to be the usual Elle Casazza signature move. The style keeps pushing on the over the top “Cooking” with its epic efforts across the board to cross between pop and jazz. This is another big moment on the album. But it goes into much other territory as well.

“Last Word” is equally as big, but keeps more of a dance pace to it. This either falls to poppy or not enough, but there is no denying the infectious guitar solo. The album peaks right here though. If you like it you’re not going to stop till it’s all over. “The Body Knows” gets even more groovy with a slow jam, and you get the picture this isn’t some generic, pedestrian affair. You might even be thinking SADE class if anything. “You” is another track that must be heard for sheer variety purposes. It’s just the same no matter where you pop into this classy album. There isn’t one bad track to review on “Proof,” which says it all about the title itself, defining its beauty for all it’s worth.

SOUNDCLOUD: https://soundcloud.com/ellecasazza

by Kevin Webber

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