Michelle Mangione | Life Beneath The Sun

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Life Beneath The Sun

by Michelle Mangione

Acoustic rock combining poetic lyricism, sometimes twisted chord progressions and hypnotic percussion that offers food for thought served up in melodic morsels.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I've Become
4:00 $0.99
2. America The Blue
3:58 $0.99
3. What Should We Do
5:11 $0.99
4. Prisoner Of War
5:02 $0.99
5. Lies And Comfort
6:12 $0.99
6. Anything Better
3:29 $0.99
7. Jupiter
4:16 $0.99
8. I Can't Decide
3:29 $0.99
9. Man With A Gun
4:56 $0.99
10. Interlude
0:46 $0.99
11. Little Genius
4:59 $0.99
12. Train
6:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Poetic lyricism, twisted chord progressions and hypnotic percussion put this CD in the rare-finds category-- a work of exceptional musicianship that offers food for thought served up in melodic morsels.

A mostly acoustic CD, “Life Beneath the Sun” features Michelle’s own tools of the trade: infectious melodies and smart guitar hooks combined with haunting string arrangements.

"Her distinctive but lovely voice and emotionally accessible lyrics are front and center on most of her songs, which are all works of profound musical talent," wrote reviewer Cory Bilicko ("Signal Tribune," Long Beach, CA)

Michelle’s powerful voice delivers songs that refuse to shy away from taboo subjects, as in “Man with a Gun’” that exposes her personal struggle to understand the cycle of hate, poverty and crime after she was held-up at gunpoint.

The track “I’ve Become” highlights Michelle’s versatility as a songwriter and musician. On this track, she plays everything but the bass. The song's funky guitar riff and catchy chorus trade off to poke fun at her own ethics and morality.

A Los Angeles native, Michelle began her music career early performing with such legendary artists as jazzman Buddy Collette and guitarist Robben Ford. Her former band Sideswipe won awards and praise from critics both locally and abroad. Her original songs have been featured in movies and on television.

Not many artists can lay claim to the multitasking abilities that Michelle has accomoplished on "Life Beneath the Sun." She wrote, produced and arranged the entire album. She even recorded "Man With a Gun" in her bedroom.

Rock and roll icon and artist Grace Slick contributed to the project by providing the cover art for the CD. Michelle notes, “I chose a collection of songs that were written about various experiences in my life and was blown away by how much Grace’s painting completely fit the music.”



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Keith Lewis

This is a fabulos CD one of the best released this year.
Mangione is a superbly talented artist. She has released a memorable CD with outstanding lyrics, music and vocals. Her ability to weave a profound story through poetic lyrics leaves the listener yearning for more. Each song is a work of art, each note exquisitely placed. You'll listen to this CD for years to come.

Don Dobrow

This collection of songs is lyrical with deep meaning for those that accept the challenge of introspection and are not willing to settle for superfluous rhyme. Musicianship is all around an inspiring exhibition of exacting and sincere craftsmanship. Michelle has a generous heart that feels to be rich with experience and resulting wisdom. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Janet McDonald

haunting, hopeful, powerful music with intelligent surprises in the melodies and
The CD plays like a book with chapters, each one part of a unified whole. There is great variety in beat and intensity. The melodies are addictive and the poetry of the lyrics is woven perfectly into the lilting musical lines. Energetic, warm, profound, uplifting, powerful: songs from the heart that reaffirm life, and are not sentimentalized. Adults and teens in our family love it.


One truly magnificent work
The CD exceedeed all expectations I could ever have about new music. I rank her right up there with The Beatles in terrms of songwriting. Her performance is extraordinary and I love hearing a woman master the drums and acoustic guitar!

Shanna Robb

Lyric Queeen
Michelle is a great lyric writer that makes you want to listen to the words not just the music. It's great to hear the beginnings of an artist that is destined for something greater in life!

Larry Rosen

This is a fabulous cd and Michelle is incredibly talented. Love the guitar work and the lyrics are really worth listening to for a change.Usually you get 1 good tune and 9 space fillers. This cd has great tunes from begininng to end. Buy one NOW !!!!! you won't regret it.

Steve Varner

Michelle's best CD yet!!!
This CD ROCKS!!! The best mixes I've heard in a long time. Love your unique voice and can feel your heart in your words.


Lyrical and musical depth
The music is amazing...It evokes thought and feeling with words and melody...I love it!

Heidi Myers

I listen to this CD everyday it's addictive
I absolutely love this CD. When you listen to it for the first time it's like you've known this music forever and you just can't get enough of it.

Catheryn TheRtist

Pure genius, from the first song to the last!
Michelle is a genius...Her thought- provoking lyrics are entertwined with brilliantly written music. "I've Become" is truly an empowering song. And as for "Anything Better"...Nothing's better than this CD, from the first song to the last!
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