“HALL OF FAMERS
With a haunting, wistful voice & songs that unfold like wounds opening, the music of Kim Leaman has drawn comparisons to the late Jeff Buckley.
July 19th the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame is honoring Buckley & artist Nina Simone, whose song "Lilac Wine" Buckley covered. The Parting Gift, a band Leaman formed in 1997, Leaman wrote all the music & lyrics, was chosen to play 3 songs at the event, the organizers liked Leaman's originals so much, they're letting her play her own music-music that typically involves a mesh of atmospheric space and Leaman's aforementioned drifting, quivering vocals. "I grew up listening to The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, all the greats. I incorporate that into my music with a big twist of my soul and that's what makes it different and not just a copy of one of those artists. I think everyone brings their influences into their music, you can't help it. As long as most of your music is YOU and original." That's Leaman's hallmark, originality.
Fairfield County Weekly
My favorite song on this CD is definitely "Wealth of Words", followed closely by "Solitude". There's so much variety on this CD... every song is totally different. From "Solitude" with its single guitar to "Ondine" with its heavy instrumentals and almost ethereal vocals, this CD has a song for every mood. And the lyrics kick ass too."
“Deep and beautiful!
Kim's music is deep, sincere, emotional, personal, wise, and authentic. She'll touch your heart and soul with her song. Add to that Kim's beautiful voice. Listen and you'll see what I mean. Then buy the cd. :)”
Sonik Wheel Productions/CD Baby
“This woman deserves more.
Not only is Kim gorgeous, but she has a voice unlike any other. She deserves more attention from those who already appreciate great music from the likes of Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice. Her vocals are timeless and her passion is irresistible."”
"You're like if Jeff Buckley was a lady"
““Your voice is GEORGOUS... yes... defintely a true Jeff
Buckley fan... but there's something so haunting about hearing that out
of a whispery woman... it's like adding grit to cat power....”-singer/songwriter Liz Stahler Boston MA.”
"Every single time I have introduced the musical masterpiece "Wealth of Words", I have been asked by the person sitting next to me a variety of questions. It never fails! They ask, "Who is that?" or "Where is that band from?" or "It sounds familiar, why?". I felt the same way the first time I heard it too. Then I sat down and thought about it, and here is what I came up with. When a song is this good, it feels natural, so we assume we have actually heard it before. Meanwhile it's the emotion in the song that we have actually felt before. Of course, this is only my opinion. However, I am sure it gets my point across. Kim's voice is simply angelic and the music creates illuminating melodies that leave a truly lasting impression. This my friends, is the kind of music that can stand the test of time. Please join me in getting the word out about this amazing group." - Danbury Entertainment”
Fairfield Weekly Music Review #1
"Every musical genre these days seems to suffer from label-phobia. Pop music is equated with glamorized attitude, and alternative rock with bubbly trash, punk with tuneless boredom. But as the corporate music industry has chewed and swallowed it's share of all musical genres, indie music is returning to the forefront in all it's original glory. The real, raw rock-based sounds that have defined every youth based musical declaration are back. Enter, Kim Leaman, a moody and emotionally tinged band headed by Kim Leaman. Evidenced by her powerful CD, the group alternates between grungy fuzzy guitar licks, slamming drums and dripping sonic movements, all held in place by Leaman's haunting, melodic voice which lulls you like a strong narcotic. Sure it's not all happy-go-lucky, but one thing's for sure, this multi talented singer, songwriter, musician is unpredictable and is likely to do, play and say anything."
Fairfield County Weekly