MP3 Donna Williams - Mutation
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14 MP3 Songs
ELECTRONIC: Pop Crossover, FOLK: Modern Folk
Donna Williams is a bestselling author with Autism, an artist, poet and, here, a lyrically powerful and vocally moving singer-songwriter with an idiosyncratic style and a voice of striking honesty and warmth. Five years on from her first album, Nobody Nowhere, Mutation is her amazing second album.
Produced with an eccentric Australian producer,Akash, Mutation has a classy, contemporary surrealism that combines great, incredibly catchy songs with soaring atmospheric spoken word pieces, incredible musicianship and amazing effects yet maintains a surprisingly 'natural' feel to it.
Mutation is as moving as it is socially challenging, like in the contemporary dance track, 'Subtlety':
Proof is the religion
I can see it's the conviction
To pursue the mad addiction
To lay claim to every breath
Pulling back from grapple hooks
Did neighbors give the dirty looks?
You stuck your head into the books
Compliance for compliance sake
In tracks like 'Mirror', she hauntingly combines poetry and spoken word with a moving song and beautiful, pure vocals, in a way that almost creates almost the essence of ghosts within one's own world:
I look without seeing, a world without meaning to find.
And when its turned empty, the world seems so scary
And I'm left behind.
And there you are like a mirror
And it all comes together
We never have to ask, 'how', 'why' or 'whether'
We agree.... To Simply Be.
She confronts discrimination in tracks like 'All Be Happy':
If you were less eccentric, it would be fantastic
If you were more production line, that bit more plastic
If you would just control yourself and not be spastic
Then finally we could all be happy.
and addresses the essential soul survival of defending the right to be oneself in 'Simply Be':
Some things will never change.
Freedom is my middle name.
If this is crazy, don't give me sane.
Let me Simply Be.
Yet Mutation is also filled with humour and quirky surrealism like in poetic, atmospheric spoken-word tracks like 'When Mitzy Flew' and the haunting poem of 'Before Mind'is intricately woven into a musical backdrop and leads seemlessly, like the other spoken word tracks into the abundance of song tracks in between.
Mutation is a revolutionary album, challenging the right of society to segregate and subjugate its citizens like in her title track 'Mutation':
Beautiful behavioral mutations
Humility, it doesn't ask for sympathy.
Beautiful behavioral mutations
We ask that weird, be not synonymous with feared.
You keep finding all the reasons to close the door
You keep minding if we're too many to ignore
We may seem in the gutter down here where we are
Maybe you don't know, we still see the same stars.
Mutation is powerful musical therapy that covers the whole spectrum of emotions and delivers you gently back to shore after the adventure.
You'll find belonging and understanding in 'Mutation'. Don't forget to also check out Donna's first CD, 'Nobody Nowhere'.
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