Translated from German:
Mia Borders is one of the emerging songwriters from New Orleans. With her band, she plays funky rhythm & blues with everyday lyrics. Her current album, "Magnolia Blue" was released in April 2010 and has now been published on Jamendo.
The keyword "RnB" is for me something like garlic to a vampire. As a huge fan of Rhythm & Blues, for me, the very existence of Blues and Soul as a genre permits for the nuisance of recent pop music. However, if under this label the music of Mia Borders is marketed, then I gladly give in.
The songwriter from New Orleans doesn’t fit in the corner of the polished pop starlet. If you look at her latest album, "Magnolia Blue," it feels more like being transported to a Blues pub rather than something on the TV screen: Here, a rocking band sings songs that radiate not the least bit glamour, but tell the stories that we encounter in the evening with friends at the bar. It is clear, because life and love are in question and also loss. This will not solve the world's political problems. But one feels that one’s own experiences are recognized and taken seriously. With the simplicity of the song fits the sympathetic, unpretentious voice of Mia: Here is not the celebrated drama-queen posturing of Amy Winehouse, but a woman who is just as aware of her strength as of her vulnerability. And that seemed no longer necessary, though it is.
Musically it is absolutely Funk-Rock or soul RnB. And the high level. “Magnolia Blue” is already the fourth disc of Mia Borders. And hopefully the album brings her a little more attention outside of the States. Singer and band are definitely worthy. A really nice release on Jamendo!