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Invisible Ones

Author: Katie Higgins
08/19/2005 | | | Album Review
On her debut solo album "Invisible Ones" Orenda Fink showcases her innovation as a songwriter and a storyteller. "Invisible Ones" draws from the work that Fink did as one half of Georgia's Azure Ray, however, on "Invisible Ones" Fink has focused her writing on "spirituality, oppression, and the mystical and interminable spirit that underlies the human condition".

Fink possesses a unique voice that begs the audience listen closely. The opening track "Leave It All", finds Fink's hushed vocals meandering along with an unassuming orchestration of strings, and keys. Her delicate voice whimsically floats over bubbling strings on "Blind Asylum". On "Easter Island" Fink's voice is accompanied solely by a piano creating an air as isolated as the Island itself. Her voice soars on "Dirty South" where she sings over a frenzied guitar and thumping drum beat. On "Bloodline" Fink's voice is anxious and frenetic, singing of guilt and betrayal, and with husband Todd Fink of the Faint taking on keys and guitars, it's the albums catchiest song.

The strong presence of a Haitian cultural influence gives "Invisible Ones" a new power, thanks in part to Haitian vocalists Rozna Zila and Sandy M. Saint-Cyr. Most impressive is the closing track "Animal" . Zila and Saint-Cyr begin a chant like repertoire with Fink over a pounding tribal beat, emblematic of the Voudou cycle of life. The result is a chilling evaluation of the human spirit, with the women asking: "Who are you?/ I am an Animal" .

"Invisible Ones" showcases Orenda Fink's external spirituality and growing hope for the human race. With her gift for storytelling accompanied by her expressive voice "Invisible Ones" places Fink in the very visible spot of songstress who has finally arrived in her own.
Invisible Ones

Invisible Ones

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