Laurie Biagini recently released a new, anxiously awaited album. It’s titled Stranger in the Mirror. But first, for those of you not yet familiar with the artist in question, a bit o’ background.
Laurie Biagini is a singer-songwriter, composer, and musician from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. According to her official website, she “has played piano by ear since age five” and has had a decade of classical piano training. She began writing her own music in 2006.
Her first song “came to her with music and lyrics simultaneously one afternoon as she was commuting home from work. Since then, she has completed and released five albums” including her debut disc Ridin’ the Wave which dropped in 2008.
Laurie Biagini’s signature sound is a mix of multiple music genres including pop, rock, and “mid-60s sunshine pop.” Her influences include The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Mamas and the Papas, The Monkees, Jackie DeShannon, and Jan & Dean.
Stranger in the Mirror
Stranger in the Mirror is a 14-track album of one cover and 13 emotive originals. With rare exceptions, Biagini is a one-woman band.
Track by Track
The new release opens strongly on “Cappuccino Cappuccino.” It’s a light, clever composition dedicated to the caffeinated beverages that we all need to truly start our day and is thus an apropos album opener. Fabrizio Serrecchia is introduced on lead guitar.
The second selection is “Just Another Daydream.” It’s reminiscent of the music genres and acts that move Biagini to do what she does. It is new and yet true to her tuneful trademark.
The next number is “Do What You Gotta Do.” Biagini’s love for classic soft rock and pop has not diminished and she continues to mind her imagination for more surf sounds to solidify her sunshine pop. This one comes complete with a simple yet still-relevant message.
“Stuck In The Middle With You” is the only song not written by Biagini. It’s her own tuneful take on a song co-written by Scottish musicians Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan and recorded by their band Stealers Wheel in 1972. It’s a fun cover that draws in listeners via a common love of the classic cut.
“Imposter Syndrome Burn” follows here. At this point, Biagini’s signature sound and influences should be obvious even to new listeners. Old fans, of course, should already be up on their hoppin’ and boppin’ to her pleasin’ poppin’.
The sixth songful serving is “In The Here And Now.” Biagini continues to pose her ponderings and personal posits in her popular pop style.
The seventh selection is “Busy Body.” This cut is further evidence of the Canadian crooner’s capability to examine an unpleasant subject in a fun, upbeat way. (Can’t you just hear the calliope?)
The eighth audio offering is “On With The Show.” Possibly the result of relatively recent events, the song takes a familiar axiom and filters it through Biagini’s favored performance prism.
Also included here is “Try Our Luck Today.” Biagini’s musical influences remain solid as does her presentation. Fabrizio Serrecchia encores on lead guitar.
Track 10 is “I’m Doing Fine.” While her themes are not unusual or unexpected, her tuneful take on the subjects of these songs is her own and her signature sound remains her own. You can definitely hear the 1960s influence.
“Hey Mr. DJ” is an early fan fave. It is a tuneful tribute to a time when radio disc jockeys were real people playing real music. It comes complete with a couple of subtle production tricks too.
The flow continues here with “Cause It’s Love.” It serves as yet another example of what she does and more importantly the music she loves and the love she has for what she does.
Take off your masks, folks. “Stranger In The Mirror” is the title track and deservedly so. Again, while the song may or may not have been a direct result of relatively recent world events, it contains a very real and relevant message that is both personal and universal.
The closing cut is the movin’ and groovin’ tune titled “Two Wheels and 650 CCs.” This album endnote is another track garnering early attention. It also gives listeners one more opportunity to enjoy what Biagini does before she leaves them wanting more.
Overall, this album is an exceptional example of Biagini’s radio-ready music. She continues to include layered vocals, memorable melodies, and mainly music reminiscent of several Top 40 artists of the 1960s. The tracks remain true to her individual artistic vision of original 1960’s-tinged tracks complete with oft’times universal themes and musical metaphors. So, “Do What You Gotta Do” and check out Laurie Biagini’s Stranger in the Mirror and experience her music “In The Here And Now.”