From the first note of Margo Seibert’s “Make Up Your Mind”, it’s hard not to think of comparisons to Annie Lennox and Tori Amos. But there is no doubt that Seibert is an original. The blending of style of her album, 77th Street, is what makes it such a great listen. There are songs than evoke nostalgia and others that give a peak at what’s to come.
In the liner notes Seibert states,
“77th Street is an homage to the in-betweens of life. I wrestled to embrace all parts of me — artist, imposter, writer, a singer without formal training, a woman resistant to surrender, a tenacious self-improver, my fierce loyalty to music of the 70s,80s, and 90s — and invited them out to play. I then took these elements and the location where inspiration hit, my first apartment on East 77th Street, and set out to explore this unappreciated time in our lives between now and the next thing. The times when the stories of our lives are written. This album is collection of songs that express the exhilaration of knowing anything is possible, the frustration of being stuck, the heartache of letting someone go, and all the rest of the beautiful in-betweens.”
In addition to the strong track “Make Up Your Mind”, there are striking moments such as “Vera Bryd”. By the time she really opens up on “77th Street”, you’re convince you’re listening to the beginning of something special.
The album also contains some smart choices for covers. From Tears for Fears’ “Head Over Heels” to possibly the best version of The Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes”, Seibert takes you on a great ride into the past.
Needless to say, 77th Street is a great listen and a sign that Margo Seibert is a force to be recon with.