Maria review

from Patriot Ledger - (Quincy, Massachusetts, USA), September 23, 1995, p. 41
written by Mick Skidmore

For her sixth album, 'Maria' (Reprise), Canadian Jane Siberry opts for a mellow but spacious jazz sound. For the most part, the results are captivating. There's an air of spontaneity running through this self-produced disc, which is not surprising considering the album was essentially recorded during a 30-hour jam session over a three-day period. Siberry later added vocals to the ambient rhythmic meanderings.

At times Siberry's ethereal voice recalls some of Joni Mitchell's jazz excursions, although there's a dreamier feel and a quirky alternative edge to the songs. The best cuts are the shorter songs, as in the upbeat 'Begat Begat,' which features some sparkling piano work from Tim Ray (he shines throughout the album) and a soaring vocal from Siberry. Equally interesting is the moody title cut, where Siberry's vocals take on a more sophisticated and sultry edge. The 20-minute opus 'Oh My My' has its moments, though it borders on the self-indulgent.