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Raveis Kole (from the album In the Moment
Raveis Kole (from the album In the Moment available on Bop Records) (by Lee Zimmerman)
Beginning with the whistled refrain of their new album’s opening track, “Sticky and Sweet,” Raveis Kole — specifically, Laurie Raveis and Dennis Kole — show they’re eager to share a delightfully pervasive sound flush with upbeat intents. The couple bask in down-home designs and a playful posture, their carefree serendipity and easy, breezy sentiments taking full focus.
‘So nice to see a smile, so nice to hear the birds sing along’ they declare on “So Nice”, an astute example of Pollyanna-like innocence far removed from the divide and dysfunction that are so predominant and pervasive in today’s troubled world. Raveis Kole are out to persuade listeners that there’s no need to be dragged down by problems or pessimism, and that if we can only find the will to reject the negativity, all will be well as a result.
Indeed, most of the songs suggest the need to do exactly that. On “Sun Eclipsed by the Moon” they declare ‘I’ve got to hold on by letting go’. Granted, some may find that an overly idealistic endeavor, but given the duo’s genial delivery, that pervasive appeal manages to win out regardless. Likewise, given the giddy vocals and tipsy ukulele accompaniment that inform the songs — the wistful and whimsical “Kismet” in particular — it’s certainly hard to resist their charms.
Then again, who would want to? As its title suggests, In the Moment is not only a timely effort for today, but one that actually encourages all who hear it to enjoy the brief respite. It offers opportunity to put aside everyday cares and concerns and simply relish some innocent indulgence. Cutesy yet compelling, it invites the repressed child in all of us to find new focus and fulfillment. A fanciful fling, In the Moment is all about time that’s well spent. (by Lee Zimmerman)
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