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Musician Keith Ames
Glaswegian songstress and performer Lucinda has already experienced the limelight, having hit the big time fronting dance act Congress on the first-ever live TOTP. Now combining Eastern influences with chilled out, melodic white soul, warm harmonies and totally contemporary production, Lucinda has released an album set for plundering by additional TV and film soundtrack moguls. With enlightening remixes by Temple of Sound and David White, plus co-writes with Reid Savage and Winston Blissett, this is a CD of depth and imagination. How Many Times Must It Rain and Now Here We Are, in particular, lift the spirit and spotlight the potential for Lucinda’s individual voice and poetic eye for detail. An artist for the future.

Diva Sarah-Jane
“Silver Life, is an intimate, compelling record that swings between mellow acoustic sketches and downtempo lounge numbers.”

Scotland on Sunday Colin Somerville
“Originally from Glasgow, Lucinda Sieger took the scenic route to her solo career, forming bands with members of electro hooligans Leftfield in the mid Eighties, coming runner up in the Alternative Miss World competition, and singing on the first ever Top Of The Pops to be transmitted live in 1991.
That was with one hit wonders Congress on a dance tune miles removed from this sensitive and sophisticated collection of songs, ranging from the bossa nova jazz inflections of Adore to the introspective acoustic strummings of the title track.
Hollywood is the stand out, upping the tempo and the ante, and this is worthy of a wider audience.”

Sunday Mail Billy Sloan
I've also been impressed by Heart in the Sky by Glasgow-born singer-songwriter Lucinda Sieger. To be honest, I'd never heard of her. But Lucinda sent me her self-financed CD and I ‘m glad she did. She combines the best elements of pop, jazz and Latin delivered by a voice to die for.
Heart in the Sky is proof you don't need big budget to make great music. Sheer class. Check her out.
Time out
'Perhaps one day the Astrud Gilberto of the gorbals'

Uncut Nigel Williamson
Glaswegian chanteuse's second album
Sieger began as an acoustic troubadour but on her second self-released album she's dramatically raised the bar.
Assisted by various members of Transglobal Underground/Temple of Sound, Heart in the Sky is an adventurous mixture of chilled beats and floatingly diaphanous soundscape, plus her own crystalline vocals and haunting compositions. Think of Beth Orton's collaboration with the Chemicals, but with dashes of Rickie Lee Jones and Jhelisa Anderson.
 
Q Magazine Toby Manning
Chill out ambient-folk from Scottish songstress
This former Alternative Miss World runner-up had a dance hit in 1991 with Congress's 40 Miles. She's now fused dance, Latin and folk into something that sounds tailor-made for Glastonbury's jazzworld stage. Enlisting members of Leftfield and Natasha Atlas's band, its lulling, pretty-stuff, with a faint narcotic undertow.

Glamour Tom Stone
Don't let the presence of members of Massive Attack and Leftfield on this album fool you- this definitely isn't dance. That said the mellow vibe of Lucinda's debut does resemble her collaborators' slower, funkier moments.
A dreamy trip with nature as one of its major themes. From Walking on the Sand to Sunset Red , these guitar-led tunes are totally laid-back. Forget shoes chill-out compilations crowding the shelves this is all you need.

Evening Times Fraser Middleton 
Look for Lucinda
One to keep an eye out for in the months ahead is Glasgow born singer Lucinda Sieger.
Now London-based, Lucinda, above has produced a stunning new album, Heart in the Sky – a heady cocktail of ambient music samples, acoustic sounds and jazz.
She is best known for her version of Congress's 40 Miles and has since worked with Transglobal Underground, Temple of Sound and Winston Blissett but Heart in the Sky , is by her own admission, her most ambitious project.
Lucinda tells me the original cover tracklisting mixes up two of the tracks. She says “if people buy this version, it will be worth a fortune when I'm a superstar.” That aside Heart in the Sky is well worth hearing.

Maverick Nick Dalton
One of the new breed of self assured singer-songwriters who transform their gentle, acoustic based music into something more. Glasgow-bred, London based art college girl Lucinda started out with the simple I Believe album, which received critical acclaim and plenty of radio play. But Heart in the Sky is a radical step forward. It may be ambient –folk, or acoustic dance, or whatever, but t works. Genteel percussion, tinkling guitars, a touch of accordion (the moody I Had A Dream ) rich Hammond (the divine Hollywood ) and darting violin and stand-up bass (the eerie Sunset Red )
It's lounge music for song lovers, the musical backdrop courtesy of Lucinda's chums in dance community. She actually appeared on Top of the Pops with dance act Congress on their hit 40 Miles and musicians here include members of Massive Attack and Transglobal Underground, while producers are world music maestros Temple of Sound. Listen to the wonderful Adore for free wheeling country-folk with just a hint of the dance floor.

Jazzwise Jane Cornwell
Beloved of the dance scene, a cult figure in Japan and a singer/songwriter with sun in her soul and tinsel in her spine, Sieger has finally got round to releasing her much-anticipated solo debut - and right from the kaleidoscopic opening track, ‘Pelagos' it's been more than worth the wait. Flaunting a wide-ranging crystalline voice which belies her Glasgow origins and a team of stellar collaborators that includes bass player Winston Blissett (Massive Attack), percussionist Neil Barnes (Leftfield), saxophonist Larry Whelin (Natasha Atlas) and the Midas touch of producers and world music maestros, Temple of Sound, Sieger sings of sea and sand, blue skies and sunsets, evoking the spirit of Joni Mitchell as she does so. Years ago when Sieger had a Number One hit with the dance track, '40 Miles' she duly appeared on the first live Top of the Pops sporting a giant treble clef on her head – and the same resolutely independent streak suffuses this self produced, chilled out, heart shaped debut. Now, will someone, somewhere please give her a major record deal?
 
Jewish Chronicle Don Carnell
Forget Dido – when it comes to marrying the sensibilities of chill-out room to that Joni Mitchellesque song-writing shtick, Lucinda Sieger is who you should be investigating.
The impressive ‘Heart in the Sky' shimmers like a mirage as Ms Sieger, a former Alternative Miss World, semi-finalist as it happens, tells tales of unrequited love and predictable loss.
Better still, with Leftfield's Neil Barnes on board for rhythmic guidance, there's no danger of her sinking into the easy-listening.
 
Musician Chris Wells
From purely acoustic-folk through to heavily filtered chill-out sounds Scottish singer/songwriter Lucinda Sieger's debut Heart in the Sky cleverly combines cohesiveness with variety, individual tracks having been given contrasting treatment by different producers, (Temple of Sound, Mike Willox and Sieger herself.) Several of the 10 original songs have an almost immediate familiarity, and it is easy to listen to the whole CD several times in sucession. Consequently there is very much a sense of this being the product of a band, as opposed to a solo artist plus hired hands, though the voice naturally remains the focal point the whole time. The tasteful (rhythm) programming compliments rather than dominates the acoustic elements, whilst the mixing and overall sonic quality are both excellent and further demonstrate the attention to detail employed throughout. One (minor) criticism however is is the duration at under 38 minutes it is condierably shorter than the majority of contemporary releases…
Favourite tracks Adore and How Many Times Must It Rain?

New Music Scotland Lee Patterson
Glasgow born singer/songwriter Lucinda Sieger's career began in furniture design. While at art college in London she founded her eleven piece band Continental Cartoon, whose members included Neil Barnes (Leftfield) and Steve Jones (A Man Called Adam)
After going solo, Lucinda was heard by dance act Congress and her subsequent vocal version of their track 40 Miles went straight to number one in the dance charts and culminated in an appearance on the first ever live Top of the Pops , for which Lucinda will also be remembered, for sporting a giant treble clef on her head.
Following 40 Miles Lucinda undertook a promotional tour of the US which led to some serious recording sessions with a host of influential DJ's and dance music producers before she decided she needed to follow her own path and write and record her own material.
Recently EM Records of Japan tracked Lucinda down to re-release the original version of her single Sunset Red which has turned Lucinda into a cult figure in Japan .
Lucinda's success as a solo artist did not preclude her love of collaboration particularly with Winston Blissett (Massive Attack) which led to ‘Heart in the Sky', Lucinda's most ambitious project to date. This debut has been co-produced by world music maestros Temple of Sound.
The cover photograph taken by Lucinda ( a real shot, not Amelie-like photrickery) captures the mood, acoustic samples, ambient music, a chilled out listen.
 

 

 

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