Let

 

Cambridge based Rocker Natalie Flanagan has a multifaceted reputation as a performer and songwriter. Her musical influences are Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Chrissy Hynde, Mazzy Star, Neal Young, Velvet Underground and The Rolling Stones.

Flanagan started writing songs and playing them in Boston-area bars in 1992. It was a wishful pursuit by an unschooled beginner, adrift in life, guided by raw musical intuition and a passionate desire to connect with the world.

It's a singular accomplishment for any artist to be able to put across the essence of what she's made of, purely, without disclaimers or pretension. Natalie's music is powerful and real because it's all true; it's all her. The songs sound like a dream overheard, a private conversation from deep in the middle of a memory. She takes you right into the soul of an experience; you can feel it. It's a beta state.

It has no defenses.

     "When I'm just playing in my living
     room late at night, being quiet...
     I like that sound... like if someone's
     really tired, and they want to tell you
     something Important but they have to
     actually getup to your ear and whisper
     it to you. I like that quality of
     sound. It's really rich."

This is Natalie Flanagan: intimate and frayed, trustful and profound. Her minimalist rock/indie-country style has earned her comparisons to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Waits, classic trashy Rolling Stones -- all are among her central musical influences. But Natalie's ear is tuned to her own message, and her faith in her own instincts is unshakeable. Her 2000 EP release, "5 Star Day," was a bright promise of self-realization. LET, her debut full-length CD, marks the coming-of-age of a confident, astonishing original voice. Songs including "Come In, Tokyo," "Grace Under Pressure," "Long Live the King" and "Margot's Arms" get into your bones and walk around with you all day. Even when they break your heart in two, they keep you company. Produced by David Minehan (ex-Neighborhoods) at his Woolly Mammoth Studios in Boston, LET is a stunning showcase for Natalie's elegant sense of balance and unflinching musical honesty. This is the sound of struggle and strength; she doesn't give up, and she can't fake it. Her spirit is enormous, fierce and kind.

Sometimes, when we're lucky, music finds the people it was meant for.


Track Listing and MP3 Samples.

 Track Title

Mp3 link

1.

Grace Under Pressure

2.

That's The Way [Let]

 
3.

Patience

 
4.

Come In Tokyo

 
5.

Long Live The King

6.

Margot's Arms

7.

Cousin Tony

 
8.

In This Way

 
9.

Water Under The Bridge

 
If you are wanting more information why not visit Natalies website at:

http://www.onewayproductions.com/natalie/index.html

or

Email her at:

onewayrc@aol.com

PRESS & MEDIA REVIEWS

BOSTON GLOBE, 12/05/2002
CALENDAR REVIEW: "LET" by Jonathon Perry
copyright 12/2002 Jonathon Perry

"... . 'Let' sounds and feels like a long lost friend the instant you hear it. The more you play the record, the more it sounds like conversation: soulful and intimate, at once familiar yet fresh. Memories of the classic rock of her adolescence-Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart- had a lot to do with her desire to say something. ... . Emotions run deep on 'Let'. There's the piano-spiked desolation of 'Long Live the King'  and the kiss-off of 'In This Way'. ... . On the disc's final track, the rueful, gorgeous, 'Water Under the Bridge', Flanagan's spare phrasing and acid regret channels Lou Reed via Patti Smith. There are lighter moments too, with a libidinous tandem of electric guitars strutting behind Flanagan's smirking come-on'Patience' sounds like the best tune The Faces never wrote.... ".

THE BOSTON PHOENIX "CELLARS BY STARLIGHT",
Robin Vaughan, copyright 12/2002 Robin Vaughan

"... The first time I heard 'Long Live the King' on 'Let' I actually felt as if I couldn't breath ... ."


CANDY FOR BAD CHILDREN E-ZINE REVIEW by E.J.
Copyright January 2003 Candy for Bad Children

"Natalie Flanagan is Lou Reed, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Chrissy Hynde all rolled up in one.... . Let is a powerful emotional experience that reminds me of albums like Bruce Springsteen's The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle or darkness on the Edge of Town. ... this is a great record by a true American artist.... .No offense to The Boss but if you hear the dogs on Main Street howling these days, its probably for Natalie Flanagan".


"Let": Natalie Flanagan
A Review by Anna Maria Stjarnell
COLLECTED SOUNDS: A GUIDE TO WOMEN IN MUSIC

Natalie Flanagan has a gritty, honest way of writing songs
and they sound just fine. Her voice has an appealing rasp
to it and she plays the guitar with real feeling. The rocker
"That's the Way" is a duet with Dennis Roach who also wrote
the song. His voice fits well with hers. "Patience" is close in sound to Lou Reed's early material. The song's energy doesn't stop it from being pretty laidback. The evocative "Long live the King" has gently strummed guitars and a reflective vocal. "In This Way" is a brilliant breakup song. Natalie Flanagan"s delivery is not bitter, but just slighly resigned. The tune is very catchy too. The closer "Water Under the Bridge" is sad-eyed and lovely with a gorgeous feel to it. Flanagan sounds like a daughter to Patti Smith here. "Let" is a brief album but there's enough good songs to make it a real treat to hear.

For these Reviews in complete form with photos go to:
http://www.onewayproductions.com/natalie/ReviewsLet.html