"The lyrics, in English and French, reveal a complicated woman who is delicate but not unduly fragile and whose pained and triumphant perceptions are the fruit of a lifetime of creative questing and risk-taking. Mikhal sings her heart out in a fluid mezzo-soprano that occasionally exhibits a Dolly Parton-like vibrato. Fans of emerging singer-songwriters will want to own this disc." -- Rhythm Magazine
"Mikhal has a distinctive alto voice with a Natalie Merchant rasp in the lower range and a Rickie Lee Jones loopiness in the upper.... She lives in New York City and writes songs about how a woman survives alone there....When Mikhal talks about flowers, I know she's talking about the wild ones that grow in the most unlikely places. They grow even through the cracks in concrete and they're beautiful in a rough way, like her music." —The Ithaca Times
Mikhal's debut album, Full Flower, shows off the talents of an accomplished
singer/songwriter....it seems to have a life of talent and preparation
behind it, making it sound more like a mid-career collection than a
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I started writing my own songs about fifteen years ago; they are a combination of all the music that I listen to and love. The influence of everything, from my many years of singing bluegrass to rock and roll and world music can be heard in this CD.... and in case you're wondering, I spelled my name "Mikhal" on this one because I was tired of being reviewed as "Michael." (Blame it on "spell check!")
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Full FlowerMikhal Shapiro$12.95 (Muse-Eek Recordings)
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