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Charlotte Martin - On Your Shore - RCA Records

One of XPN’s Artists To Watch for 2004, Charlotte Martin is a remarkable new talent. In 2003 Ms. Martin released an EP called In Parentheses that signaled her engaging arrival. An intense piano-laden collection of confessional songs in which she demonstrated her amazing vocals, it was but a hint of the magic she would ultimately release on her full debut album, On Your Shore.

Listening to the gorgeous sound of her debut, it is fairly clear who some of Charlotte’s influences are: Kate Bush, Tori Amos, The Cure, Depeche Mode. But while these artists are mere touchstones to the sound of On Your Shore, Ms. Martin has a truly unique lyrical voice and musical sensibility.

Songs like “Limits Of Our Love,” “Every Time It Rains,” “Madman,” “Up All Night,” “Sweet Chariot,” and the emotionally raw title track highlight the collection, which ends with just a simply heart wrenching, brilliantly performed cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses.”

The level of musicianship on Martin’s debut is beyond reproach. Her piano playing is exquisite, melodic and rhythmically engaging. The musical performances on On Your Shore are rich and powerful, the lyrics are ripe with powerful emotion and openness. And, her strong, confident vocals match the elegance and strength of the album.

Written by Bruce Warren

Release Date: 8/10/2004

Track List
1. On Your Shore
2. Limits Of Our Love
3. Your Armor
4. Every Time It Rains
5. Steel
6. Sweet Chariot
7. Madman
8. Up All Night
9. Haunted
10. Parade On
11. Something Like A Hero
12. Beautiful Life
Bonus Track:
13. Wild Horses

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