After a career as a writer and curator for the visual arts, Lara Taubman has switched gears by diving into the performing arts. Taubman’s debut album Revelation, released July 10, encompasses intimacy, heartbreak, and the lessons learned throughout the trials and tribulations of life. It’s real, it’s raw, and it’s powerful.
Throughout the album, you can hear elements of influence from Joni Mitchell to Leonard Cohen. Revelation perfectly blends Taubman’s folk and Americana roots with the eloquent and moving words of a seasoned poet. She takes us on a journey that many of us can relate to: the cycle of loving someone, getting our heart broken, and learning how to live and love again in the aftermath.
In the first track on the album, “Sound of Heartbreak,” we hear Taubman, accompanied by acoustics, recalling her lost love. She croons: “Is there solace in any place, where love never goes to waste?,” a melancholy reflection on the emotional toll a severed relationship takes on a person. Her soft, yet compelling voice is a signal of strength and healing on this track. The following track, “Desert Boy,” is a romantic ballad and ode to another love that may never have closure. As the album progresses, we meet a catchy bassline in “Hookup.” “Was it just a hookup? Didn’t you feel my heart?,” explores the oftentimes confusing experience of unrequited feelings in a fleeting relationship.
The album ends with the title track, ‘Revelation,’ where we see the culmination of Taubman’s emotional crusade. She has loved, and she has lost, but she has made it through to the other side with a deeper appreciation for herself and the value that she holds. Self love: that’s what it’s all about.
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