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Prior to Scarlet's Web, Theresa was the lead singer of Lucid where sheco-wrote and also played keyboards. Lucid's four year old self-titled album contains twelve rock tracks featuring her stunning vocal work; two digital audio music CDs are available from the band'smp3.com website.Unlike the contasting textures of the Scarlet's Web project, Lucid's songsall move right along and are either pop/rock or new wave in their construction. Fans of Madonna and Blondie will certainly enjoy their music. Lead and backing vocal work is stunning and arrangements feature lots of guitar with riffs spanning both instrumental and vocal excursions.

We asked Scarlet about the album and she told us, "I would say the better tracks are "Sweet Life," "Mystic Girl" and "Sorry Sister"." These tracksare indeed the best of the lot, each with stunning lead vocal work, mixedway up above the instrumentals. "Sweet Life" opens the album with lots ofinstrumental power, but the lead vocal is crystalline and like the artist'sother work, mixed way above the backing. "Mystic Life" has a similarcharacteristic yet the guitar parts are thicker and more pronounced. Againthe lead vocal is crystalline, powerful and inspiring. Our personal favourite is "Sorry Sister" which has the basic construction of a ballad but the instrumental and vocal dynamics give it a slightly harder edge. The chorus is lovely.

The album contains a great collection of memorable pop and rock songseach with stunning vocal work, excellent instrumentation and effectivearrangements. It works well as an ensemble, and perfectly illustratesthe power and range of the band's lead vocalist. Clearly stunning from a female vocal perspective, Lucid's album is worth further exploration and provides a wonderful introduction to this tremendous vocalist!

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