When an artist signs a million dollar deal to a label nearly immediately after sending them a demo tape, the music industry stands up and listens. When the Winnipeg-based Kreviazuk takes her show on the road, her audience stands listening in awe. An incredibly powerful debut, the pianist/vocalist provides lyrics both eloquent and cathartic in tracks like "Grace" ("Please don't go/without you I am weak/find myself drinking and sinking and seeking") and "Wayne" ("It's crowded and I'm lost in here/I'm trying to find a familiar fear"). Kreviazuk's music--as well as her piano playing--is rich, warm and beautiful.
In a market glutted with young female singer/songwriters and female bandleaders, only the truly gifted will make a lasting impact. Foremost in that category is Canadian newcomer Chantal Kreviazuk, whose ample singing, writing, and piano-playing talents make this one of the most compelling debuts of the year. Featuring such brilliant cuts as the self-empowerment anthem "God Made Me," the insightful "Surrounded," the irresistibly catchy and provocative "Co-Dependent," the insistent rocker "Believer," and the touching "Hands," "Under These Rocks And Stones" is a showstopper that plays flawlessly from start to finish and visits many musical areas along the way. The possibilities are infinite.