How Much Noise
Christina Kowalchuk is a powerhouse singer-songwriter with a wry, spry wit and a relentlessly open heart. She's got a soulful, arresting voice, a huge range and an equally huge personality, all of which come through in her songs. Her debut solo CD, HOW MUCH NOISE, is ambitious and fully realized. Says Kowalchuk, "I bit off a lot, and I think I've managed to chew it all." HOW MUCH NOISE covers a wide swath of emotional and musical terrain, from a head-nodding indie-rock anthem, to a raucous romp about monkeys, to a devastatingly vulnerable, stripped-down acoustic performance. With catchy tunes, compelling lyrics and killer arrangements, these songs are sticky as honey, and just as sweet. Kowalchuk's unique sound blends a solid indie-rock band with immense and heartfelt vocals, catchy pop hooks, and the occasional, well-placed jazz lick. It features some tremendous Bay Area talents, including Blame Sally's Jeri Jones on lead guitar, and Pam Delgado on percussion, as well as the album's producer, Margrit Eichler, of San Francisco's much beloved True Margrit, on piano and keys. Kowalchuk showcases her remarkable range throughout the album by singing all her own harmonies (complete with monkey sounds). While she has been compared to artists such as Natalie Merchant, Fiona Apple and K.T. Tunstall, Kowalchuk has a sound all her own, that defies easy categorization.