Laura Pursell | Somewhere In This Room

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Somewhere In This Room

by Laura Pursell

Adult Contemporary music. Laura sounds like a soulful jazz oriented Karen Carpenter. This album has rock, ballads, blues, bossa nova and gospel styles. with songs about relationships - good, bad and otherwise.
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1. Overture
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2. When You Come Down
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3. It Might As Well Be Magic
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4. Skywriting Neon Lights
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5. Not Much To Lose
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6. When You Smile
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7. Somewhere In This Room
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8. I'll Wait
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9. My Heart Knows You Were Here
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10. Maple Tree
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11. He Is Everywhere
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12. Finale
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is a unique album. It is one in which every song counts. You will want to play this album from beginning to end all in one sitting.

The first thing you will notice is that there is an Overture and a Finale. The Overture sets the stage for the musical journey you are about to take. As you are introduced to the musical themes, you become aware that melody plays an important part in this experience. These songs recall our youth and our maturity in the ways we deal with the profound experiences of life.

The songs on this album could easily form the basis for a musical theater piece about the relationships we experience as we move on our journey through life. Relationships that make us smile, relationships that end because we are too young to appreciate the love that is being expressed by others. Relationships that end with a whimper and we almost feel that nothing has been lost. Relationships where people leave us and we cannot easily move on because their presence is in every place and every thing we see and touch. And they even explore those fearful moments when we realize that we cannot run fast enough from the emotional stalker whose very essence permeates our lives and turns our dreams into nightmares.

Yet this album is filled with many different musical styles. There are heart wrenching ballads, but there are also rock, folk, blues, gospel, bossa nova, jazz and even a children’s song that reminds us that being a child can be a cruel experience where we need a place to hide and be alone with our thoughts.

This album celebrates melody and lyrics at their finest. But in the end, it celebrates the experience of being alive and being connected to others and to life itself.

This album is all about the music. It is indeed an album you will never forget.

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George Perry

Laura Pursell Somewhere in this Room
If you like well-produced, well-orchestrated, jazz-influenced melodic music, you are going to love this record. Many of the selections, most cowritten by Pursell and composer Andrew Bonime, have definite movie soundtrack potential, perhaps in part because of the involvement of Pursell's reknowned father, Bill Pursell, who's longtime work in arranging, writing and performing is second to none. Although I haven't yet picked a favorite, Pursell's effort is certainly one to keep in your player from beginning to end. Great job.
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Dennis Stuempfle

A journey worth taking
For the most part, this cd is a relaxing adventure into a world where genres cross. There are elements of jazz and pop, even a great uptempo dance tune or two (It Might As Well Be Magic is really nice). The music is pleasant and the well crafted lyrics create an imagery that provides a unique experience to each and every listener.

When I first heard this cd, Laura's voice immediately reminded me of the late Eva Cassidy. If you like Eva or Karen Carpenter, you'll love her voice and this cd. The music conjured up sounds from composers like Stephen Sondheim. In fact the title song has a sound reminiscent of Sondheim's "Send In The Clowns". Many of the songs have that sort of familiarity to them. That does not detract from the music but actually makes you feel more comfortable with each subsequent play, as if you've known and loved it for years. My favorite song on the CD is a beautiful ballad called "Not Much To Lose". But even picking one song that stands out as the best is difficult. There is so much to enjoy. It's a nice addition to my collection and something I put on when I need to relax or just be contemplative. That's almost daily given the hectic world in which we live.
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Margaret Fernandez


It's a great sign tht as I listen to each selection I wnat to hear more. The orchestral treatment of each song is engagingly different and fresh. So is Laura's expressive voice in conveying the moods. Makes me want to enjoy them again and again. They draw me into the mood and message and allow me to slow down and reflect on memeories as in "It Might As Well Be Magic" and "Not Much To Lose" and, of course, "Somewhere in This Room." This album speaks to many ages and times in our lives. It gives us an opportunity to slow down and remember our ride and all it's ups and downs and realize what we learned from it. A keeper for sure.
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RadioIndy.com (Xavier P.)

Excellent adult contemporary CD
“Somewhere In This Room” by Laura Pursell is an impressive musical journey. Mainly adult contemporary in style, this album ventures across genre boundaries and yields the potential to reach a wide audience. The CD features heart-felt vocals, masterful musicianship, and lyrics that covers the ups and downs of relationships. “Skywriting Neon Lights” steps into the limelight, revealing itself as extremely melodic and thereby memorable. Furthermore, its beautiful acoustic guitars and serene atmosphere is addictive. “When You Smile” emerges out of a special brew of jazz and Latin spices, producing a contagious groove. Moreover, the symphonic opening of the title-track, coupled with the majestic grand piano fuse to create a track that stands out. With top-notch production, “Somewhere In This Room” is a totally professional CD that is worthy of critical acclaim.
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Suzanne Gentry


Laura's CD is incredible! She has a velvety voice that soothes and moves the soul! I can't wait to learn the songs by heart so I can sing along with her to each tune! Way to go Laura... you are a gifted singer!
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Barbara

Somewhere in This Room
FINALLY!!! An album filled with meaningful lyrics and soul-stirring melodies. This could not have come at a more important time for the music industry which has been wandering aimlessly for years in a wasteland of insipid and trite formula songs. BRAVO to Purcell and Bonime!! Hope this leads to great success and additional albums.
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Kurt Reichenbach

Great voice, great tunes!
A knock-out! Listening to this album (yeah, I still call them albums) I am first struck by the tasteful, interpretive, intimate vocals. Then I realize these songs are all originals. Terrific stuff! Keep this caliber of music coming... we NEED it!
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Linda

Get This Album!!!
I honestly didn't think they made albums like this anymore. Every single song is a winner!! You never skip over anything and Laur puts over a song like nobody I've heard in years. Great melodies that you will never forget and lyrics that remind you of relationships you've had throughout your life. I can't believe this album is out now. I haven't bought an album in years, but I am buying this for all my friends!!!!
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camille

somewhere in this room
A lovely CD. Very melodic and evocative. Heartfelt. Musically sophisticated and highly textured. Great lyrics.
A real gem.
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Tamra

Somewhere In This Room
Each song on this CD will get to your heart in a special way. It is BEAUTIFUL! You MUST listen to this - it will take you in... Tamra Victoria
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