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The Spirit of The Times

by Carrie Armitage

The 2nd solo album from this Canadian singer songwriter. An eclectic mix of earth inspired; ambient, eco/peace driven music with a hint of jazz, scat and spoken word.
Genre: Pop: Ambient Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Great Floating World
4:01 $0.99
2. Time To Find It
4:12 $0.99
3. Water
4:06 $0.99
4. No Words ~ Only Love
4:23 $0.99
5. What do you think?
3:45 $0.99
6. The Twisting and Turning
4:42 $0.99
7. Into the Sublime
5:28 $0.99
8. The Spirit of the Times
4:00 $0.99
9. it's up to us...
3:41 $0.99
10. Watershed
4:04 $0.99
11. The Playing Field
3:38 $0.99
12. Planeta Terra
4:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Artist: Carrie Armitage
Album: The Spirit Of The Times
Review by Ellie Blair
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)

Canadian Singer/Songwriter/Musician Carrie Armitage was exposed to music at a very early age through her musical parents. Her father Angus is a Jazz Pianist and mother Margaret, a Singer and Dancer, ran The Armitage Music School in Toronto throughout Carrie’s childhood. Through this observation and exposure to music came her desire to be a musician and performer. The Spirit Of The Times is Carrie’s second solo CD. Being an active advocate for peace and the future wellbeing of the planet and environment, the songs on The Spirit Of The Times brings a powerful message to all who hear it.

The opening track “ Great Floating World” is the beginning of the story that Carrie is telling, with a wonderful mix of piano and flute adding to the enticing and convincing words of this song. Following on with “Time To Find It,” rolling drums provide a catchy background and undertone to this otherwise serious song. “Water” has a wonderful ethereal quality to it and Carrie expresses her passion for the subject matter in a gentle and persuasive way. This song is a wake up call.

“What Do You Think” opens up with a definite African influence, and a lovely piano introduction takes us into “The Twisting And Turning”. The production is pristine and the message song stays true to Carrie’s intention. “Into The Sublime again features incredible piano playing and insightful lyrics throughout this beautiful spiritually inclined song. The title track “The Spirit Of The Times” opens gently and then bursts through with confidence. There’s a healthy serving of pop and classical in this track, but is presented very well. “It’s Up To Us” is an emotionally charged meant to focus on what really is important in life, and features a male spoken voice expressing the word love in different languages. Next up, “Watershed” has a definite Indian/Asian meditative feel to it, reinforcing the global flavors evident throughout this CD.

Jazzy, light, and soulful, “The Playing Field” is beautifully written and performed. The final track “Planeta Terra” offers Latin/Indian/Pop/Funk influences and is the best example of global and cultural presence on The Spirit Of The Times.

Through her talent, commitment, and passion for a healthier planet, Carrie Armitage has created a complete story in this CD. It is cultural. It is eclectic. It is thought provoking, passionate, and intentional. While all 12 songs address the same subject matter, they are diverse and memorable in their own right. The Spirit Of The Times is a must-have for anyone who desires peace and harmony on Earth, and will encourage music lovers to take on new ways of seeing the world.

Review by Ellie Blair

Artist: Carrie Armitage
Album Title: The Spirit of The Times
Reviewed by: Matthew Forss
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Carrie Armitage is a Canadian singer-songwriter with a proclivity for ecological-consciousness and peace activism. Carrie’s recent release, The Spirit of The Times, is a fairly candid take on the global awareness and preservation for the Earth’s vanishing resources. Carrie’s awareness of Earth’s impending plight is a musical message of electronica with varying shades of jazz, trip-hop, house, and lounge. The ambient beat of electronica and her vocals carry the song’s highs and lows from the darkest depths of Earth’s inner core through the vast darkness of intergalactic space.

The Spirit of The Times opens with “Great Floating World”, which is a percussive song with a beat resembling flowing water. The song is led by Carrie’s vocals about the precarious nature of Earth’s ecological balance. A spry piano medley is interspersed with haunting, symphonic vocals and a few spoken words. In short, Earth’s buoyancy in the greater universe is in turmoil. The most non-electronic song on the album is “Time To Find It”. The snare drum beat, somber piano playing, and Carrie’s pressing vocals about finding something before it is too late is a song without a clearly-defined theme, but the snare drum-marching rhythm suggests a song about finding an alternative solution to war.

“Water” is an anthem about water preservation on a global scale. The vocals are backed by gospel singers, a trip-hop piano beat, and spoken word phrases about the properties of water. “No Words Only Love” is a jazz-influenced romp through the electronic ether of the universe. The non-sensical, almost frenetic, vocals match the scat-vocal techniques indicative of jazz-pop standards from the mid-twentieth century. The electronic sounds have the musical ingredients for a potentially good song by the French-electronic group, Air. “What Do You Think” takes an angle on responsibility, civility, and social action. The gospel-esque backup singers and rhythmic overtones lighten the listening mood and evokes a contemplative response about the environment.

“The Twisting and Turning” is a whirling sound of jazzy-piano vocals with some percussion and electronic tones. The vocals seem a bit restrained, but it is nothing out of the ordinary for this type of music. “Into The Sublime” is not necessarily melodic, because the rhythm follows a more avante-garde, jazz standard pattern. However, the layered vocals at the end of the song are confusing and repetitious. Meanwhile, “The Spirit of The Times” continues the languid jazzy presence. Carrie’s spoken word parts excel on this track. The spoken word and mostly non-sensical lyrics on “It’s Up to Us” proclaims that love is a universal trait that should be shared. The song title is repeated throughout the song amid a trip-hop, electronic beat resembling the music of downtempo pioneers Alpha or Waldeck. “Watershed” sounds like something out of Ireland’s Ronan Hardiman’s symphonic and piano repertoire. The drippy electronic sounds, haunting vocals, and ethereal chants evoke the sounds of Enigma or Tangerine Dream’s instrumental works.

Carrie’s love for the environment is definitely an inspirational and critical topic to consider on a musical level. Still, her vocal delivery may be best suited for the spoken word genre. Carrie’s singing is passionate and beautiful, but it seems to work the best in the more jazz-centered songs. She foregoes melody for the message in some instances, but also creates moments where the dynamic electronic sounds and sheer amount of aural colors are stunning. The Spirit of The Times is a very good work of avante-garde or eco-trip-hop.

Review by Matthew Forss

2nd full length solo CD from this eco/peace activist

"her message:
to enlighten and enlist her listeners
to promote love, compassion and
eco/peace activism. She delivers
her worthy message...."
Music Connection Magazine
Los Angeles

"...a stylistically consistent vision, a pop
grandeur that veers into
theatrical territory"
Music Connection Magazine
Los Angeles

Bob Katz



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