Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This self titled album is this American piano-playing singer/songwriter's third release and shows that more now than ever, her voice is her own, and she's able to declare exactly who she is and what she's about. Songs like Remember My Name and Last Warning veer towards desperation and even tragedy, while much more rousing and inspirational tracks like Born Again and Go Proud hearken back to her upbringing in the soul and gospel-drenched sounds of her native Detroit.
Personnel: Keri Noble (vocals, piano, background vocals); Jeff Arundel (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, gut-string guitar, drum programming, background vocals); Jon Herchert, Steve Strand, Eric Ambel, Kenny Holmen, Billy McLaughlin (electric guitar); Ann Klein (slide guitar); Carolyn Boulay (violin); Michael Price Nelson (horns); Rob Arthur (piano, keyboards, percussion, drum programming); Tommy Barbarella (piano, keyboards); Jeff Victor (keyboards); Jeffrey Bailey (upright bass); Noah Levy (drums); Rob Genadek (percussion, drum programming); Kathleen Johnson, Rhonda Johnson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jeff Arundel; Rob Genadek.
Liner Note Author: Keri Noble.
Recording information: "Music In The Zoo" Concert Series; Cowboy Technical, Brooklyn, NY; Flash Electric; Rob's Room, New York, NY; The Brewhouse.
Editor: Rob Genadek.
Photographer: Joel Larson.
Arrangers: Jeff Arundel; Rob Arthur.
Simply on account of being a Texas-born, piano-playing, female singer/songwriter with a subdued style, Keri Noble has had to deal with unfounded comparisons to Norah Jones, but the songs on this self-titled album clearly establish Noble's own musical identity. From the hushed, languid feel of "Simple Things" to the punchy "Go Proud," Noble's throaty, sensual voice is front and center, but it's her hook-heavy tunes that make the whole thing move.