Christine Denté – Closer to Free: Change is hidden in the chrysalis

Artist: Christine Denté
Album: Closer to Free EP
Year: 2017
Grade: B

In Brief: A delightful morsel of mellow pop music from one of the very first pop singers I ever fell in love with. This is probably the closest that Christine as a solo artist has come to the classic Out of the Grey sound – just imagine more of a keyboard-based take on that, with the usual understated but smart songwriting, and you’ll have some idea of what to expect here.

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Obsessive Year-End List Fest 2017: Wait, That’s Not an Album! (and Last Year’s Leftovers)

As always, I wanted to give a mention to the music I enjoyed this year that didn’t fit the traditional “album” format, or else that was released in 2016 and I didn’t catch up to it until this year. Either way, none of it’s eligible for my Top 20 list, but all of it is definitely worth checking out if anything I have to say here piques your interest.

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Divad’s Soundtrack #71: November-December 2007

2007 was the rare year where I actually embraced and enjoyed the winter season, as evidenced by the Christmas and winter-themed songs that dominate the end of Disc Two. Southern California winters are not known for being snowy, but there’s winter imagery to be found if you’re looking for it. As a deliberate contrast, the first several songs on Disc One are dominated by the theme of fire. Because, unfortunately, wildfires are a common feature of California autumns.

Out with the Old:
Luna Halo

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/3UTPzPGMk7pUpWW3mMSGSy
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/24NasWAycHRBY7ywIjXGZ0

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Divad’s Soundtrack #51: July-August 2004

In the summer of 2004, I began to set plans in motion to take hold of the future I really wanted for myself and Christine. Slightly hampering those plans: A few sudden, unexpected financial difficulties. It was demoralizing at first, but I was beginning to believe quite strongly in the value of delayed gratification.

In with the New:
Modest Mouse

Out with the Old:
The Echoing Green

It Was Worth a Try:
Hoobastank
Neal Morse

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/0RkowuQZmOu2E18vISyEh8
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/4J0N5x1kZeyE3PaCm16bcK

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Divad’s Soundtrack #50: May-June 2004

I was really high on life when I made this mix. While it isn’t without the usual aggressive, angsty, and melodramatic material, I feel like there was a conscious scaling back on that side of things to allow more room for the wistful, romantic stuff. That’s what best represented how I was feeling at the time.

In with the New:
Joe Henry
Ron Sexsmith
Something Like Silas
Sufjan Stevens

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/44QOXOtqWhlTY0KuQMyBz6
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/4RevSxs99DMoyI7ti7JmcT

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Divad’s Soundtrack #49: March-April 2004

The spring of 2004 found us settling into a comfortable groove. Christine and I went on hikes together, attended our fair share of concerts, and in general just came to love the rhythm of our lives. Life wasn’t without its challenges, but for the most part, we had attained the stability I had spent most of 2003 longing for.

In with the New:
Falling Up
Abra Moore

Out with the Old:
Dave Matthews (as a solo artist – appears later with Dave Matthews Band)
Avalon

Listen on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/25ptkmMDXErMpwREhKQYWz
https://open.spotify.com/user/1297881374/playlist/2SZxcAQWVZjLoAobsW5Mdl

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