Aoede: Is Love a Fairy Tale – Music Review


20130514_2032Rating: B+

Remember the days when an audio book involved flipping the vinyl to side two when both the pages and narration prompted you to change to side B? The moment when an actual voice connected to the drawing in the book?

Taking cue from the magic of imagination and getting lost in a story, Aoede’s ‘Is Love a Fairy Tale’ captures the innocence and dream world so easily forgotten. Aoede’s mesmerizing, almost ethereal vocals transport the listener to a simpler time. While this album, a children’s album, has greater appeal to tweens, the message is still fun and engaging for all ages.

In “Is Love a Fairy Tale (Part 1)” the mixed voices answering ‘what is love’ fused with cheerful music is somewhat of a chore (as an adult) to get used to, the narration soon carries a peculiar weight, it is impossibly not to drift away and let the imagination take its course.

“Is Love a Fairy Tale (Part 1)” has this wah-uh-o chorus that sets an upbeat tone for the entire record. “Wonderhaven Mythical Zoo,” (track two) feel

s like the story is getting into its groove.

As a listener, you feel like this combination of story telling and sweeping orchestration paints such a vibrant setting. By the time “Days Like This” comes around (track 12) a more pop, wall of sound emerges. This song is a bit like The Pierces and has this cheeky, sassy hook to it.

In listening to Aoede, I felt like she’s a cross between Fiest and Fiona Apple. Her voice has this rhythmic jaunt to it. “Wonderhaven Wonderpark” teaches us to take the good with the bad. And, the sweet, sticky ice cream she talks about is as sweet as the guitar riff.

“Perfect Day” is bright and cheery and really kept me clapping along. As she sings, “I feel so alive” so does the listener.

Note to listeners, it’s easier to listen to this entire album from top to bottom, don’t listen to each track one at a time. If your iTunes is like mine, it might skip to another track. Maybe I’m just in need of more narration as to how to really listen.

This entire album surprised me, and really just put me in a great mood. I like what Aoede did with the questions so many of us ask every day.

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