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Something Happened

by seela

Stark, ofttimes sexy, confrontationally passive/agressive and jagged. This is simply pop music at it's best.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angel II
1:54 $0.99
2. Give Up
4:08 $0.99
3. Peace of Mind
3:55 $0.99
4. Open Heart
2:24 $0.99
5. Everything's Ok
4:48 $0.99
6. hero
3:34 $0.99
7. Something Else
2:50 $0.99
8. Hurricane
5:17 $0.99
9. Collided
2:38 $0.99
10. Good Parts
3:59 $0.99
11. Seed
5:00 $0.99
12. Forgiveness
2:31 $0.99
13. If I'm Wrong
3:58 $0.99
14. Belly
6:03 $0.99
15. Angel 1
3:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Stark, oft-times sexy, confrontationally passive/aggressive and jagged"

These are some of the words used to describe the long awaited second release, "Something Happened", from Austin artist, Seela.

Honey-soaked vocals and wallpaper peeling guitars along with a simple, but sophisticated production touch make this record a fine example of pop music at it's best.

The album starts off with the sharp edged clang of "Angel 2", which features Craig Ross on guitar.

Before you know it, you're bopping along to a Brannen Temple drum loop holding the bottom down for the multi-layered madness of "Peace of Mind".

From the haunting, confessional tone of "Give Up" to the ready-for-modern-rock radio "If I'm Wrong", Something Happened is as pretty as it is catchy.

This is pop music you won't be embarrassed to admit you like.



to write a review

Texas Monthly - Jeff Mc Cord

Three tracks deep into Something Happened, "Peace of Mind" jolts to a start with a ricochet drum beat. Close behind, electric guitars bleat in accompaniment as Seela begins to sing: "Peace of mind, peace of mind, I've been doing fine without you here." Seemingly nothing special, a simple melody; but behind her, instruments mount a stealthy build, and seconds before the verse ends, the rhythm floor drops out as an inverted fill nails the start of a full band chorus. It's one of those perfect pop moments, one where everything falls into sync, one that delivers a hook you'll never get out of your head, and one that keeps you reaching for the disc. Something Happened is the second CD from this Canadian-born Austin resident. She and her band, particularly guitarist Darwin Smith and drummer Brannen Temple, treat her dramatic new material with flair. It's an ambitious yet uneven effort; quality varies between tracks, guitars step on vocals, and too much of the recording is dirge-slow. Yet the songs and the singer remain compelling and full of mystery. Play it again.

Alex Steininger

I give it an A-
Effortless and so open, Seela wears her heart on her sleeve as she deals with various emotions and themes on her sophomore release, Something Happened , a relaxed, natural sounding record that is gentle in sound and plentiful in content.

Seela's voice is so natural and honest. "Give Up" places a real soft and steady rhythm next to trickling guitars that bring all the emotions to the surface, all while Seela's voice speaks directly to your heart and soul in such a relaxed way, you can't help but feel every syllable that comes out of her mouth.

"Peace of Mind" finds the rhythm section bouncing a bit more and Seela's voice more energetic, while the guitar buzz instead of trickle. Keeping the delicate touch while still proceeding into rock and pop territory, the song manages to deliver a poppy, hooky song that has the motor and grease to slide right into your ears and get stuck in your head.

"Something Else" finds Seela delivering contemplative notes next to her sensitive noise. "Collided" spins your head with a little groove that gets you going and "Seed" has you melting at the sound of Seela's tender voice.

"Forgiveness," "If I'm Wrong" and "Hero" are three more fine examples of what Seela is capable of. Delivering a thoughtful, well-rounded album that never slacks off or dulls, Something Happened makes you want to sit there and feel every word, note, and beat time and time again. I'll give it an A-.

Brian G.

Sonically Sultry Sophisticated Songwriting by Seela
Seela's voice knocks me out. She is so talented as a singer and a songwriter. Whereas the songs on her 1st CD, Probably Lucy, were just as good as these, the sonic palette here is more expressive. Lines like "There's bitter underneath the reason" from Peace of Mind and "We collided a billion years ago. What's before you now is the result of this" from Collided really draw the listener in. Buy this CD. You won't be disappointed.

Bill M

Great raw talent
This CD really has some great tracks and a blues/rock sound that I really got into! Emotional and raw lyrics and tunes
that will get into you - you can feel the emotion. Just Awesome! This is not overproduced/overmarketed pop music -
this is a REAL music CD!

Henry Ross

Spot on--Very Kosher
Just a great CD--great sound and great tracks. Seela has an awsome voice. What else can i say? Next drink is on me Seela (at the E.R.)


Simply Beautiful
Since the first time I was able to hear a Song from this CD, I wanted to have it. And now that I got it, it’s far from a disappointment because this is real music, not overproduced pop. A honest CD with intense songs. A little dark sometimes and always beautiful musically this album is carried on by Seela’s beautiful voice, that lures you into her music and captivates you. Because of very creative melodies this album is very listenable. It gets under your skin and makes you listen to it over and over again.

CD Baby

Stark, sexy, raw, passive/agressive and jagged.

Michael Corcoran (music Writer) Austin American Statesman Xlent

Feb 3rd issue of the Statesman's weekly arts mag, XLetn
This is power pop with the batteries dying: gorgeous melodies stripped bare and subdude, as the singer reaches inside and pulls out her terms of disenchantment...
When you think of psychedelic music you think of wild guitars and thundering drums, but Seela and producer Brian Beattie are out to blow minds from the inside out.
Guitarist Darwin Smith is turned up in the mix, yet he barely brushes the strings giving the sound of a memory.The introspective mood gives comfort to songs
that strive to come to grips rather than let go.