by Ruth Koleva
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It’s not hard to then see Within Whispers as a recollection of influences which has transformed into Ruth’s own unique style. With its percussive warmth and undulating basslines ‘4 Letter Word’ sets the tone of the whole album – easy-going and leaning more upon the slow-jam side of the bpm line. Almost in the middle of the album, ‘Baby’ breaks up the blue sequence with its festive, dancy mood reminiscent of some of Tru Thoughts’ great singles only to open the door for a heavy but playful bass guitar and Nufri’s sonorous voice in ‘You’re My’. ‘Blizo’ and ‘Zashto’ (‘Close’ & ‘Why’ respectively in English) disrupt the established faster groove by bringing back the softness of the album’s subdued vocals. Although in Bulgarian, both tracks have a global appealing. ‘Blizo’ throws a little percussive blues into the mix and is the perfect accompaniment to those rainy afternoons when love yearnings become most salient, whereas ‘Zashto’ stands out as my favorite down-tempo track of the record which I can easily mistake for one of Arts the Beatdoctor’s early sampled-beat gems minus the vocals, of course.
The funky breakbeats in ‘Fever’ briefly revive the faster groove, while ‘Sunshine’ utilizes the sound of the soothing pianos to bring the record back to its starting point, or simply to nicely wrap up the story, sending the message that not everything is dark and gloomy after all. Taken as a whole, the record is a great combination of passionate grooves which, along with Ruth’s versatile voice, blend into eclectic neo– soul nectar that has you sipping until the last drop. In my opinion Vitality Music, the record label backing up Ruth’s debut, should be really proud of their achievement since Within Whispers is a rare jewel in the current mainstream of mediocre, over-saturated with pomposity music that seems to be clogging up the Bulgarian market. Iva Mechkunova, October 2011 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply...