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Bari Koral | JOY

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JOY

by Bari Koral

A soulful combination of great hooks and sassy lyrics. If you like "confessions of an indiegirl" this is a good 1st record to get of Bari's.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Cold
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2. When I'm Gone
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3. Some Things
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4. Out of My Hands
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5. It Just Grows (Hairdresser)
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6. Nothing to Say (Live)
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7. If We Begin
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8. Not Today
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9. Dance in the Eye of the Moon (Live)
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10. Sing This Song
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11. You Save It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
A soulful combination of great hooks and sassy lyrics, Bari Koral recalls some of rock music's most popular princesses on her infectious album JOY.

It was the release of this record in 1999 that earned Bari a reputation far beyond her hometown of NYC and would go on to sell thousands of copies. "When I'm Gone" was featured on Providence on NBC as well as in independent feature films and, at least up till the release of "Confessions", had been the band's most popular and requested song.

JOY, now in it's 3rd pressing, has received hundreds of write ups in local, national and regional papers across the country, including a glowing spotlight in BILLBOARD.

"Even as I went in to record "Confessions of an Indiegirl" I knew I wanted to get back to some of the simplicity and the accessibility of JOY. It was for years my most popular record and it did a lot for my career. I used JOY as a bit of a blueprint for Confessions."

Recorded at a time when the NYC music scene was breaking acts like Lisa Loeb, Jeff Buckley, and Joan Osbourne, Bari & her band were themselves always a popular draw in NYC. They were voted one of the best bands of the year by Newsday, were picked as among the most likely to succeed by the LI Village Voice and the Music Paper printed that Bari had the "Best Voice in NYC."

"Joy" is an irresistible blend of great smart pop, delivered home by earthy and sexy vocals.
Lovers of soulful pop, and fans of artists like Crowded House, Jonatha Brooke, Ani Difranco & Jewel will defiantly delight in this record.

7 of the tracks were produced by Anton Sanko & Frank Vilardi, who made up Suzanne Vega's touring and recording band for many years. The melodically infectious 1st track, "Cold," as well as 2 other tracks were produced by Jimmy Bralower, a renowned contemporary producer, mixer, and arranger who has worked with tons of top selling artists.

There are also two exuberant live tracks which really showcase the natural live energy that made the band so popular.

The Voice Raves: "Blessed with one of the finest voices around and backed by a gifted band, Bari Koral and group consistently leave astounded listeners in their wake."

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Kathe S

This CD is my life soundtrack
The songs on this CD are amazing. I can relate to every song on there. Bari's voice is completely amazing, and the lyrics are fantastic. I keep trying to play other CDs, but I think my CD player is only accepting JOY at the moment..lol
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"One of the Best Bands of the year" NEWSDAY "Among the most likely to succeed in 1999" VILLAGE VOICE "Bari's got the best voice in NYC" THE MUSICIAN'S EXCHANGE "A cool new female singer from New York. You could easily see Bari thinks much of the song itself and sings quite naturally.This record will definitely satisfy those who want to be dipped in beautiful melodies." TOWER RECORDS, PULSE MAGAZINE "Blessed with one of the finest voices around and backed by a gifted band, Bari Koral and group consistently leave astounded listeners in their wake. Their home brew of folkish funk borders on the righteous bite of Ani DiFranco and tender introspection of Shawn Colvin, incorporated with the musicality of Sting. Bari never, ever fails to add listeners to her already robust fan base. Get out and catch the Bari Koral Band in a cozy setting before some record company snatches them up and creates yet another excuse to charge $60 per ticket." LI VILLAGE VOICE "Calming, sensitive and awe inspiring.. Bari Koral has the ability to uplift even the saddest of souls. The BKB create natural music from the heart, the mind and the soul. The demand for that will always be there." GOOD TIMES "The Combination of the musicians that make up the BKB resulted in a near revelatory experience to this pair of ears. Bari posses a captivating voice and her songwriting partnerships have produced extraordinary musical excursions. It's communication at it's deepest, most intuitive level - both transfixing to witness and intoxicating to listen to." THE MUSIC PAPER "Bari Koral steamily explains why you "'Can't Buy Me Love'" NY POST "Extraordinary folk/alternative performer Bari Koral's voice is just plain gorgeousOne of our favorite live acts" BORDERS BOOKS AND MUSIC "Somewhere between that misty emotional territory charted out my Joni Mitchell and the agit-punk roots of Ani DiFranco, Bari Koral has found a comfortable neo-folk niche." NEWSDAY
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NEWSDAY - Isaac Guzman BY HER OWN ADMISSION, Bari Koral is obsessed with food, music and sex. Probably in that order. The first thing the East Meadow native wants to talk about when we chat on the phone is the lack of decent, affordable eats in her no-name neighborhood between Gramercy Park and Murray Hill in Manhattan. Then she tells me that she originally wanted to name her second self-released CD, "Tupelo Honey," in honor of her favorite restaurant, Tupelo Honey in Sea Cliff, which is also where Koral will celebrate her new record with a performance on Thursday, May 6. But since that title already graced Van Morrison's classic 1971 album, she chose "Joy" instead. The title wasn't food-related, but to Koral's loopy sense of logic, it made sense."Lucinda Williams has a song called "Joy," and Maria McKee has a new song called "Joy," Koral says, referring to two of her favorite singers. "It was just kind of in the air. It's nice and feels good. It's a fun word." "Joy" may be a fun word, but Koral's record is mostly filled with portraits of emotional heartache. That's where the sex comes in. With a sound that recalls Sarah McLachlan's ambient grandeur and a lyrical honesty reminiscent of Ani DiFranco's emotional rants, Koral describes the tough times between lovers. "I've been in so many happy freaking relationships, I don't know where this all comes from, but you can't just sing about how great it is," Koral, 29, says. "But even being in a happy relationship, you might be in one of those moments when you might need more or someone's a little cold and distant. I'm a little obsessed with when people are secretive." Though Koral's songs may dwell on romantic difficulties, her career has come along nicely. Her first, self-titled CD sold nearly 3,000 copies, a third bought by fans in Japan. For "Joy," she hooked up with a stellar crew of musicians, including drummer Frank Vilardi and keyboardist Anton Sanko, who've played with the likes of Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin and Lucy Kaplansky. In addition to contributing their first-class chops, they also produced half the songs on "Joy." For songs such as "Cold" and "Not Today," Koral enlisted the help of producer and studio veteran Jimmy Bralower, who's worked with talent from Madonna to Meatloaf, Britney Spears to Billy Joel. "You go to his house, and it's gold records everywhere," Koral says. "It was just the coolest vibe. We'd sit there and listen to Cream or Jefferson Airplane or the Beatles. We were always trying to narrow the gap between us and the greatest stuff." Koral hopes that "Joy" 's polished sound will help push her second effort farther into the limelight. Though a few labels came calling after her first record, she knew she wasn't ready. But she's willing to stake her reputation on "Joy." If you Listen to her play or take "Joy" for a spin, I think you'll agree she's made a pretty safe bet.
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