Shari Puorto – My Obsession | Album Review

sharipuortocdShari Puorto – My Obsession 

Little Lightning Productions

12 tracks

This Los Angeles based singer who was raised in Connecticut has released a very nice album of mostly original music.  Featuring a huge cast of players, the folks backing here do a super job.  Included are the likes of Barry Goldberg on one cut, Jimmy Vivino on three, and Tony Braunagel on drums who also produced the album.

Puorto had a hand in writing all but the last song on the CD.  The songs are fresh and original.  Stylistically we see three sorts of cuts here: funky stuff, rocking blues and soulful ballads/slow blues.

“It’s a Damn Shame,”  “Better Left Unsaid,” are the funky cuts.  She give impassioned performances here.

Blues rockers are also featured.  “Home of the Blues,” “Six Months Sober,” the title track (although it starts as a ballad), “Workin the Room,” “What’s the Matter w/the World?,” and “Turned to Stone.” I liked he approach rocking out with the blues and her band helped deliver the goods.

She gives us some soulful ballads and big and slow blues in “Sugar Daddy,” “Old Silo Road,” “All About You,” and the lone cover “When a Man Loves a Woman.”  She seems quite at home with these songs.

If you are looking for a new face with a clean and fresh expressive voice, Shari is worth checking out.  I think you’ll like her!


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