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OLGA
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Mike Cote - Colorado Business Journal - October 2011

Blues babe delivers ‘80s style pop

Olga Munding brands herself as a "blues babe" and has the track record to back that up, having spent much of the past decade working to raise awareness of pioneering blueswoman Jesse Mae Hemphill. So the big, full-bodied pop of Whatever You Want is definitely a departure and a calculated nod toward the mainstream for the New Orleans-based singer-songwriter.

Known simply as Olga to her fans, the former Boulder resident and KGNU DJ recorded the album with North Mississippi All-Stars drummer Cody Dickinson, who played many of the instruments and co-wrote the 12 songs, which are coated in an '80s pop vibe awash in synthesizers,
"Just Take Your Time" is the song gunning for hit single status, a bouncy piano-based tune with gorgeous harmonies and an oft-repeated chorus that wraps around you as the sound of bells punctuates the melody. The title track and "Time for Somebody New," (which features Munding belting it out like a diva in the mid-section) also would sound quite at home on KBCO.

Among the standout tracks - with a more eclectic, blues-laced instrumentation featuring slide guitar and recorder - is "They Want More," a song about our endless desire for everything. "It Is What It Is," another song about coming to grips with change, offers a great showcase for Olga's smoky voice and recalls Fiona Apple and the recently departed Amy Winehouse.

-Mike Cote is the editor of the Colorado Business Journal. View his orignal review Here



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