Lael Summer is a soul singer / song writer from New York in the USA with a new twelve track LP – Burden To Bear – set for official release on the 21st January 2014.
This marks the first time for the various sites over the past four and a half years of reviews that a second generation has been introduced as Lael is the daughter of Marla Mase who was first introduced back in December 2010.
This has been a long delayed introduction and one I am pleased to be able to rectify as Lael brings to life, with a punchy and gritty, a style and genre which regularly sits as nothing more than wall-paper music.
Reflecting on some aspects of her life Lael offers thoughts of some of the darker inward perspectives and insecurities. Whilst there are many singers and musicians who also do this, they often sit subsumed within a band. Here there is the voice alone on which the mind focuses. Not only does the material offer insight it also works as the voice is able to carry it off, as that is where the spotlight lays. I raise my hat to Lael for being able to deliver her thoughts emotively and in a manner which engages the listener.
The LP, which I don’t intend to review track by track, provides approaching fifty minutes of heart-felt outpouring, traversing through R&B, Soul Funk and Bossa Nova.
I wish Lael Summer every success with the release of Burden To Bear and her future career.