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Apan, Tiffany: Poet

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Tiffany Apan has been involved in the arts for a while now, dabbling in horror films and has now released her debut album entitled Poet. The music certainly coincides well with her other artistic endeavors, that being somewhat dark, melancholy, gothic and certainly, at times, quite beautiful. This is a mellow album, somewhat understated with a folky feel, but there is a lot to be found here, as long as you make the effort. I must say listening to this album was a refreshing break from the harder edged music that I normally listen to. You will not find any crunchy guitars and loud driving beats, but what you will find is absolutely haunting. Tiffany has a pretty unique sound. Her voice is very nice, sometimes reminding me of Nightwish singer Anette Olzon. The music is often built around keyboard and synth melodies as they are used extensively. Guitar can also be found, sometimes subtle in nature, other times in sharp bursts of sound or in muted chords, contrasting nicely with the quiet surroundings.

The music does not sound typically American. In fact, I would venture to say there is a European flavor, maybe Scandinavian or Celtic. I make this comparison, not so much in the sounds I hear, but in the feeling the music conveys. The album starts with "Ghost", filled with lovely piano and Tiffany's soothing voice. A soft but very effective beginning. "Porcelain Doll" is a little more up-tempo, with guitars more to the forefront, and some nice background vocals. I especially like her voice when it takes on a more aggressive tone half way through the song. "Free" continues with some nice guitar chords and a pretty catchy melody. Her singing here is quite powerful at times. "Run Away and Hide", the album's second single, has another strong melody, sweeping synths and some stabbing electric guitar that really adds to the sound. "Ghosts (Persephone's NetherRealm Remix)" boasts distorted muted guitar chords and a pretty good solo over a simple keyboard melody.

There are twelve songs on offer and I will not attempt to describe each one. Suffice it to say, if you like music on the softer side with a gothic/folk or Celtic influence you just might find have found yourself a winner.


Track Listing:
1) Ghost (3:21)
2) Porcelain Doll (5:04)
3) Free (5:37)
4) Run Away and Hide (5:20)
5) Ghost (Persephone's NetherRealm Remix) (3:29)
6) A Prayer (4:59)
7) Black Forest (2:24)
8) Scarborough Fair (3:45)
9) Destiny's Path (5:15)
10) Ashes To Dust (4:54)
11) Warrior (Soldier for Myself) (3:47)
12) Whispers (3:23)

Added: October 20th 2008
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: The Artist's Website
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Language: english

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