Half Way may be a strange title for a debut album but it’s certainly a good start for South African based, Canadian light rock singer, NATASHA MEISTER.
I was expecting easy listening (which is what i got) as the 11 tracks carry titles such as ‘This Desire’ and ‘Good Thang’. Natasha sings about love, hope and sadness, a regular gamut of emotions that doesn’t plumb the depths of honesty yet is delivered with sufficient sincerity so that the music can’t be dismissed. Touching on blues, soul and R&B gives variation which is always accompanied by solid guitar work that rises into its own beauty on ‘Winter Storm’.
Touring has gotten the word out that the NATASHA MEISTER BAND is good live. Garnering praise from the likes of Ard Matthews (of Just Jinjer fame) certainly helps: “I heard Natasha for the first time in December 2011 and was blown away by her distinctive voice and raw talent. The world will hear about her pretty soon I suspect.”
Natasha’s voice is as sultry as she is sexy which doesn’t harm the music at all. She’d fit well on a stage with the likes of foot-tapping John Mayer, Allanah Myles and Tim Pepper. Half-Way is a warm start with the promise of a full career.
PS: Look out for the beautiful hidden track, ‘Love Boat’.