Lori Michaels | The Lilac Testament

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The Lilac Testament

by Lori Michaels

A mix of alt-country pop songs and heartfelt ballads
Genre: Country: Country Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Take My Hand
0:45 $0.99
2. Swing
4:17 $0.99
3. Another Beautiful Girl
2:58 $0.99
4. Drive The Car
3:54 $0.99
5. Home
2:52 $0.99
6. Turn of The Century
4:24 $0.99
7. Don't Believe In Love
4:33 $0.99
8. How Long Can Memories Last
3:40 $0.99
9. The Important Things
4:32 $0.99
10. Note To Self
3:57 $0.99
11. Falling Down
2:30 $0.99
12. This Day
3:58 $0.99
13. You'll See Again
4:14 $0.99
14. Take My Hand (reprise)
2:01 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
When singer/songwriter Lori Michaels visits family in Sevierville, TN they ask her why she wears so much black.

The Lilac Testament is Lori's debut album. She wrote all the songs. She wanted to play all the instruments, but then former Wings drummer Steve Holley reminded her that she didn't play drums and offered to step in. The project was quickly completed when she gratefully let it go and the amazing cast of characters: Jon DeRosa (Aarktica/Pale Horse and Rider) on guitar, Ernest Adzentoivich (Flare/Plexus) on bass, and Gerald Menke on pedal steel and dobro did what they do best.

Lori puts girls at ease and makes boys nervous.

Born with the soul of a New Yorker, raised in Detroit, rooted in the spirit of the Smoky Mountains Lori calls New York City home. She lives there in a shoe with her dog and her piano.

She can count cards.

For her first record Lori traveled to the far reaches of our galaxy to find someone she trusted with her material, and found producer Charles Newman on a distant planet working on the latest Magnetic Fields CD. She begged him to take her home and make a record. He did.

Lori didn't mean to make a country album, but apparently DNA comes out no matter what you do. Classically trained and raised a good Baptist, Lori has spent the last 8 years living in NYC forgetting everything she ever learned. Lori listens incessantly to Elvis Costello, the Beatles, Charlie Rich and Mike Viola fiercely believing that the louder you play these artists the world becomes a better place proportionally.

It's okay to think she looks hot playing ukelele. We all think that.



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Nice ballads and a very nice voice. I would recommend this one.
I like this CD a lot. I played it a couple of times before I was able to fully appreciate the lyrics. There are a lot of different moods on the CD and I like the versatility. She also has a beautiful voice...very sweet but with a definite mature tone. I would recommend this CD if you like ballads with some lyrics that have depth to them.


Even non-country music fans will love this CD!!
I came upon "The Lilac Testament" by accident, through a friend-of-a-friend sort of thing. I'm certainly glad that "accidents happen." When I heard the first 2 full length tracks, "Swing" and "Another Beautiful Girl," I definitely thought "hmmm, this is country -- not my thing" -- but found the tunes catchy enough and the lyrics edgy enough for me to keep listening. What I wasn't prepared for was that after this relatively lighter introduction to herself, Lori Michaels asks her listener to get serious. With a voice and style that reminds me of a softer and sultrier Melissa Etheridge in her earlier days, Michaels, through her thoughtful lyrics rife with double entendre and symbolism, speaks to us about love, relationships, introspection, expectations and disappointments. Each time I play this CD I walk away deciding on another track as my new favorite, or hearing a lyric that I didn't catch the last time I played it. I then remember why I love taking a chance on new music so much.