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I would like to give a big thank you to all the journalists who took the time to listen to my music and wrote such kind words about it! I’ve had the good fortune to be reviewed in many fabulous publications across different music genres, from Folk, Pop, Rock, Ambient to Progressive Metal!  It is a fantastic feeling to know that my songs are warmly received by people with such varied music tastes and that my songs bridge diverse music roads. It really means a lot to me! ❤

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“Her rootsy, lyrical chamber-folk, devastating vocals and refined arrangements deserve full ordination on the Radio 2’s Ken Bruce playlist” ★★★★☆

MOJO Magazine 

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“An arresting and dramatic blend of classically tinged folk, Franka’s debut album Bridge The Roads is all strings, accordions and bold Katebush-esque vocals […] An eccentric and exiting success of a record.”

Cooler Magazine 

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“[…] hint at some classical prowess – not so much in the ultra-complex composition sense as a knack for intertwining melodies. So while the album immediately strikes you with a sophisticated veneer, it’s not putting on any airs and graces, but offering the catharsis of sincere emotions. Sure, you could compare her to Tori Amos or whoever you like, but the end result is surprisingly unique […] ‘Come On’ glides along effortlessly on mellow acoustic guitar strums, full of positive reinforcement that belies the despair to come, but also assures you that she hasn’t been swallowed by it. In other words, she’s sensitive but not schmaltzy […] Through her art, Franka carries herself with dignity, whilst being remarkably open about deeper emotions […] Gently plucked guitar strings and quivering violin counterpoints coalesce into some of the finest chamber pop this side of the 2000s.the lyrics are heavily relatable in their storytelling, without succumbing to vague clichés […] It’s not an easy ride, but it’s also hard not to feel uplifted from the whole experience.”

Max Wechsler-Evans -Hooting and Howling  Magazine

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” […] a unique blend, and topped by De Mille’s powerful vocals is one with a little exposure (a spot on the next Jools Holland series must be inevitable) will surely see her reach iconic status.  Just sit back and listen to the epic centrepiece – Gare Du Nord – and tell me you’re not moved.  A future Brits nominee, for sure.” ★★★★☆

Peter Whalley - Get Ready to Rock 

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“[…] an album brimming with emotion and passion […] It is an extraordinarily dark album and in this respect reminds me of the great Édith Piaf. It is not only the subject matter which likens the two singers, but the deep, moody, spiritual way in which they sing and their ability to give themselves completely to the music, unafraid of exposure to the outer world. De Mille has been likened to Patti Smith and Kate Bush and I think it is this same depth, not necessarily music or singing style, as she is very individual, which draws these artists together. In this sense her compositions have the emotional rawness of much country and western music and harken back to Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ (1973) in which desperation is not only heard in the lyrics but in the fiddle part, which De Mille uses as a second vocal line throughout the album. […] De Mille has carefully arranged her songs and used the violin, cello, and accordion amongst others as second vocal lines to create at once an intimate, but also vastly eclectic sound world  […] De Mille is extremely versatile with her voice and uses it to evoke a variety of different moods – sometimes harsh and gutsy, others breathy and light.”  ★★★★☆

Heather Ryall – AAA Music

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“[…] when you hear the beauty of Franka De Mille’s music you will understand just why we wanted to spend a little more time with it before we released it onto the ‘Zine […] With a voice that could make rain think twice about falling and a line in subtle acoustics that make the music out even more Franka De Mille certainly knows how to get the listener on board […] Indeed, just as you think that the music couldn’t get better the chamber music chanteuse brings it up another level.  The songs that follow are never less than beautiful. Like exquisite shadows on a wall that tell the story of a you-and-me, the fine production and arrangements of songs such as the taut So Long or Oh My’s soul warming piano tones as impressive as the sheer joy the album brings […] music like this is truly rare – affecting and truly unforgettable.”

Sebastian Gahan – Seba Rashii Culture Zine 

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“Franka De Mille’s voice exudes expression. Its essence floods through the stories told in her self-penned songs. Its dramatic quality augments each one. Her album ‘Bridge The Roads’ reflects that talent through its anthology of imaginative songs blended across innovative musical mixtures with influences from acoustic Americana, classical, pop and folk. There’s a theatrical depth that builds through ‘Bridge The Roads’ to create atmospheres that are intimately personal and scrutinised for sharing.From endearingly hopeful inspiration in ‘Come On’, the simpering strings of ‘Fallen’, through darker corridors with ‘Solo’ to the mournful accordion and sombre lyrics of ‘Gare Du Nord’, the blend and balance impels you into the album’s grip. There’s an eccentricity here that plainly falls outside many definitions of folk but then again there’s an earthy profundity to the music and lyrics that echoes a delve into tradition […]  This album opens a door to a secret and captivating place, as it lays out an expanse of enchantment that’s begging to be explored.”

Dan Holland – Folkwords

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“[…] we were impressed by the depth of the recording ([…] the number of instruments that appear on certain songs is quite surprising!) and the sophisticated way in which Franka blends chamber folk with nagging melodies torn from the pages of the encyclopaedia of modern American roots music.”

Alan Pedder – Wears the Trousers

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“[…] as beautiful as it is hard to define […] she impressively, digs deep into her soul […] Doused in aching beauty Franka produces music that raises questions of one’s state of happiness […]”

Maurice Hope –  FlyinShoes

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“[…] the candlelit queen of passionate noir […]  moved seamlessly into one of her rare buoyant tunes, ‘Come on’ […] Hued with gothic overtones throughout and caught somewhere between the pop-folk of Kate Bush or Tori Amos and the cultured genius of Edith Piaf or Leonard Cohen, Franka De Mille introduced each song with a tale of origin “this is about my mother”, “…about my late father”, “…about childhood memories” – and it all became tearfully personal as the eight-minute lament ‘Birds’ turned tunes into visions. Songs from the latest album Bridge The Roads alternated with new numbers and ‘Where the black crows go’ stole the show – its punchy blues reflections accentuated by mellow violin and cello. Girlish tones lightened the sorrow of the sinewy ‘Solo’ as overwhelming warmth enveloped the chills of gentle guitar and De Mille’s silky vocal. Encoring with Tom Petty’s ‘I won’t back down’ was a great end to a groovy evening.”

Review of our Monto Water Rats  gig 

Gareth Hayes - R2, Rock’n'reel Magazine  (Issue 37)

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 “[…] her full seven-piece band, whose parts are all composed by Franka. Combined with her distinctive voice, the uncommon combination of styles is a very powerful, exciting mixture to listen to […] This personal element, as well as the loveliness of hearing seven instruments harmonising, definitely makes for an enthralling show –  during the songs I don’t think anyone spoke. The highlight of the show for me was ‘Gare de Nord’, a melodic pop-folk song which ends by developing into an instrumental piece, mixing folk and chamber music for the cello, violin and piano. Overall, it’s hard not to be charmed by the blend of creativity, narrative and fun that Franka delivers; her music suits fans of pop, folk and classical music alike. I’d definitely recommend hearing it live, as the charisma of the songs, as well as the power of hearing so many instruments harmonised, really can’t be captured online.”

Review of our Bedford London gig 1st of  November 2012

Frances Salter – Smiths  Magazine  

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“The stage was set […] Plush, red velvet curtains and an all in black  dressed Franka. All very Lynchy […] Anyone turning up and expecting a reproduction of the album, ‘Bridge the Roads’ would not have been disappointed […] Franka’s gritty honesty rips at the heart of pretension and breaks down the barriers between the audience and herself […] The band members are utterly devoted to her – just as we, the audience appreciated every note […] What a thrill she gave us. Heart wrenching family melancholia, drama, love, mystery, melody […] The set couldn’t have been better…Moving us with a sad n slow number only to shake that emotion up later […] Disarming honesty combined with a powerful performance is what we got on a cold Tuesday night. Enough to warm the cockles of anyone’s heart. If you get the opportunity to see her perform, Franka is worth the trek.”

Review of our Monto Water Rats  gig -9th of  October 2012

Lisa Kaloo – Somojo  Magazine  

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“The debut album from London-based singer-songwriter Franka De Mille features nine original songs, including a repeated ‘unplugged’ version of standout song Gare Du Nord, with each selection treated to a rich arrangement, featuring a mixture of guitar, violin, cello, accordion and piano accompaniment. With a strong sense of melody, De Mille’s personal lyrics form the basis of the songs, with subjects ranging from family grief in Birds and confessional sibling outpourings in the aforementioned Gare du Nord. Occasionally sounding a little like Patti Smith, especially on So Long, Franka De Mille finds herself at the helm of a well-intentioned debut.”
Allan Wilkinson – Northern Sky 
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“[…] her emotion-hammering music that will knock you over with its blend of Americana, chamber music, and neo folk. Franka De Mille is a very personal songwriter, drawing praise for both her instrumental abilities […]  and her deep lyrics. De Mille tells of a harrowing experience in “So Long”, mourns her father in “Birds” and makes a poignant confession to her sister in “Gare du Nord’.  She’s already drawn comparisons to such artists as Patti Smith, Tori Amos, Kate Bush and PJ Harvey.”

Earbuddy 

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“This is lovely; more than lovely. It is an entertaining and warming package of folk-pop that combines classical innuendo with modernity. It is cognitive for those who need to think, and cosy for those who want to relax. Rich vocals from De Mille tend towards the optimistic as she commands with authority whilst seducing with feminine catchiness. The opener ‘Come On’ and second number ‘Fallen’ have the liveliest beat; after these it becomes more softly sensual with acoustic intimacy and persuasive violin. Traditional instruments, including cello and accordion, prove to be perfect friends for De Mille’s deep and thrusting voice. It is an impressive album that improves upon second and third listen. There’s a solemn eccentricity with ‘So Long’ and the clever classical accompaniment shimmers and shines without stealing any sort of limelight from the engaging De Mille. Patient piano on ‘Oh My’, and the delicate pacing of the flute on ‘Birds’ are fine examples of her attention to detail, the latter a personal mourning to the loss of her father. It’s of no surprise to learn that the album was two years in the making. Time well spent.” ★★★★☆

Gareth Hayes – R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel Magazine 

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“Franka De Mille has focused on memorable melodies and intricate, acoustic-based arrangements on this debut album. The songs are highly personal but with an emotional universalitilty. Stylistical Franka moves effortlessly through folk, Americana, chamber, baroque and mature pop to create a classic album that holds together as a full-fledged album rather than a disparate collection of songs. We can all associate with the loss and emptiness following the passing of a loved one in Birds but then there comes hope in the optimistic stance of You’ll Never Know and Come On. A wide-ranging album that is a definite keeper, even if it defies easy categorisation.”★★★★☆

Alan Cackett - Maverick magazine 

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“De Mille is very much in the vein of the classic female singer-songwriting tradition of Joni Mitchell and Rickie Lee Jones etc, with the majority of the songs being acoustic-led gentle and thoughtful musings, although there are also touches of more leftfield inspirations such as Pattti Smith and Kate Bush [...] De Mille’s trump card here is to imbue her songs with an array of inspired but natural arrangements. [...] Where this could have been a straight-ahead and earnest acoustic troubadour record, it is very subtlety far more interesting and naturally ambitious. De Mille has an attractive earthy voice, best sampled on the tender ‘Birds’ and the beautiful piano ballad ‘Oh My’. [...] The careful and intricate arrangements of the songs works wonderfully on an album that gains in attractiveness and beauty on repeated playings.”

Ian Fildes – Americana UK

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“De Mille’s own brand of delicate piano-led chamber pop with a twist of Americana flavour. Occasionally mournful and poignant, but never boring, it marks her out as one to watch in this year and next.”

Amy Bell – The Girls Are

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“[...] romantic lyrics sung with delightful intellectual content rather than those tired clichés wrapped in a junk burger of commercial-licking marketing plan. Nope, Franka has a haunting sound of anxiety and despair. Yes, it’s true her lyrics indulge into an existential realism that will touch any kindred spirit. […] This album is worth it’s weight in gold. If you’re a Tori fan you won’t be disappointed.”

Lisa Kalloo – Somojo Magazine

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“Fed up of hearing the same old songs on the radio? Want to hear something a little different? Then why not try the music of Franka De Mille [...] Her music boasts an authentic folk sound and demonstrates a maturity beyond her years, with musical influences including Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and Kate Bush. However, whilst her music is reminiscent of these artists in places, it is clear she has her own unique style. It is also clear that her personal experiences have been a major influence in her song writing and as a result, her lyrics are very deep and emotional, and the overall tone of the album is fairly dark. However, there is a certain sense of optimism, and a general message of overcoming past experiences to become a stronger person, which is likely to appeal to her listeners. [...] with the talent and promise that De Mille demonstrates, it surely won’t be long before she becomes more established in her genre. Watch this space!”

Faye Chapman – Lotus Magma 

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“[...] a left turn into darker territories of jarring strings and disembodied vocals and harmonies [...]  an album that showcases Ms De Mille’s voice, and toys with jazz, folk and blues but never really giving away its hand  [...]  It’s a deep, very personal album [...] though not impenetrable to others. It flows well…It’s a solid debut.”

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Paul Chapinal – Music-News

 

“[…] numerous moments of unquestionable beauty …”

So So Gay Lifestyle magazine

 

“Franka De Mille’s debut album ‘Bridge The Roads’ has already attracted much critical acclaim and it’s easy to see why. The album is full of well crafted songs and the depth of the sound is truly remarkable. Layered strings, guitars, pianos, even mandolin, flute and accordion are used in combination with her voice to bring together a rich and memorable sound. Influences are wide and are crafted together expertly to give a collection of songs that is hypnotic from start to finish. From the catchy, folk-tinged opener ‘Come On’ with its atmospheric guitar, bright tempo and Southern feel, to the darker ‘Solo’ with its melancholic feel, the expert vocal interplay and lamenting guitar, all of the songs are consistently well written, arranged and performed; all with a smattering of class. The song ‘Fallen’ was recorded live and it still manages to sound just as good as the studio tracks. The violin and guitar coupled with the intricate cello/strings in competition with the vocals works so well. There’s pizzicato sounds and accordion on ‘Gare Du Nord’ and guitar picking and drifting vocal melodies over complex strings on ‘You’ll Never Know’; the songs never disappoint. There are plenty of quieter moments on the album including ‘Birds’, the deep ‘So Long’ and ‘Oh My’ as well as the folky ‘Bridge The Roads’; but for me it is all epitomised with the closing song ‘Gare Du Nord (unplugged)’. Here, the vocals, guitar and strings are arranged immaculately and the production is excellent. This album is consistent from beginning to end; it’s well written, arranged, produced and delivered with class.”

Rob Dodgson – Annularmedia.net

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“Franka De Mille delivers an atmospheric album […] Smooth sultry vocals that hint of heartstring that have been stretched, but which are too strong to snap […] arrangements provide a dramatic and at times melancholic mood. Music to be seduced by.”

Neil King – Fatea Magazine 

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“[...] a very emotional album it is. [...] her haunting voice is complemented by the inspired choice of violin, cello, accordion, mandolin and flute, interwoven with guitars and piano, adding a depth to each composition.”

Tony Heycock – MyDadRocks 

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“[…] a complex album […] Emotionally powerful and compelling.”

Lee Edwards – ElectricGhost 

 

“The London singer-songwriter presents a unique interpretation of alternative folk blended in elegant arrangements […] ‘Gare du Nord’, which is both beautiful and sincere.  The album then is a good introduction to Franka De Mille, but the real pleasure is in hearing her perform.”

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“An enchanting debut”… “Bridge The Roads” is one of the “CDs of the Month” (“CDs des Monats”) in the April issue of “ELLE” Magazine Germany, alongside: Depeche Mode – “Delta Machine”, Carla Bruni – “Little French Songs” and James Blake – “Overgrown”. “Franka De Mille: Bridge The Roads (Chi Wara Music). Zauberhaftes Debüt der Londonerin. Irgendwo zwischen Kammermusik und Neofolk.”

Elle Magazine.de

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“Strong and uncompromising!”

Recommended CD releases of the month  with V. A.  - Pony Club Kampen Vol. 5, Le Fly – Grüß Dich Doch Erstmal! Carla Bruni – Little French Songs and  –  V. A. – Where the Wind Blows.

Wild Magazine.de 

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“Very beautiful [...]  it is also worthwhile to pay attention to the texts: touching, but completely free of kitsch [...] Bridge The Roads  is an album for a rides, arrive and stay there – Franka De Mille a real find.”

Christina Mohr - Culturmag.de

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“[...] An impressive debut  with irresistible melodies, ingenious harmonies and arrangements. But more than anything, it is her singing that outshines everything like a sparkling diamond [...] De Mille smoothly joins the team of female popstars like Tori Amos and Kate Bush, who unite emotion and eccentricity. Franka de Mille [...] lights up our soul with her music.”

Helmut Blecher – AMM Magazine.de (All my music)

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“Classical songwriting with a touch of yearning [...] self-confident and precise [...] unpretentious [...] You will like Franka de Mille if you like Suzanne Vega or Tina Dico or have a taste for acoustic music. There’s a lot to be discovered!”

Frank Bongers –  Jazzdimensions.de

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“Franka De Mille with her honest approach to music, which is reflected in her wonderful songs, is exceptional and a welcome counterpoint to today, shady and quick success oriented mainstream.” ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Daniel A. Rabl – Music-Scan.de

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“[...] an exceptional artist [...] a slice of beautiful acoustic songs with strings, underlined with gems. ★★★★☆

Franck Zöllner – In Music magazine (Da ist Musik drin!)

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“De Mille has a huge compositional and vocal talent to create deep and melancholic pop songs [...] an incredibly charismatic artist [...] moving, poetic texts [...] compositionally imaginative.” ★★★★★★★★★★★★★☆☆

Thoralf Koß – Musikreviews.de

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“Even the minimalist  ”feather with roots” artwork cover shows imaginative profundity [...] the music can float on the surface but you will need to take  a deeper dive to access and engage with the music of this exceptional artist [...] Franka De Mille’s voice delivers a very poignant sound … greatly cinematic [...] A great album.”★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8,9/10)

Daniel B- Schafe-Schuesse.de

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“[...] a delicate pop album without a single failure. The many eulogies are justified and I strongly recommend this album.” ★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★☆☆

Wolfgang Kabsch -Musikansich.de 

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“I did you the favour of discovering Franka De Mille for you [...] graceful and melancholic music [...]  intense melodies that reflect both strength and vulnerability. She has a powerful voice and engaging personal lyrics.”

Holger Nickel – CON.de – (Calenberger Online News)

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“[...] an extraordinary voice [...] ”Bridge The Roads ” is a polished diamond, a consistently good and surprising album with a fascinating singer / songwriter.”

Danny Frischknecht – Bock auf Rock – Switzerland 

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“Franka de Mille impresses on her debut album “Bridge the roads” with touching songs and haunting melodies.”

Echo Online.de

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“[...] an impressive voice [...] The emotionally charged pieces of this singer / songwriter style’s has an acoustically arranged framework of guitar, accordion, cello and violin, that lifts and focuses on the voice“ [...] The classically oriented implementation of melody and voice makes this album one of the most intense I’ve heard in a long time “ [...] choosing a song in particular as a favourite is hard as all of them have an atmosphere of their own while they also act together as a single piece.”  ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Michael Brinkschulte – Hoerspiegel.de

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“[...] melancholic lyrics sung with a slight sadness in such a delicate way [...] brilliantly presented [...] It is a great album [...] a charismatic voice and ten songs with real depth [...]“★★★★★★★★☆☆

Svenja Black – Crossfire Metal.de

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“Reminiscent of Tracy Chapman. The strings emphasize the surging emotions [...]”

Rolling Stones

 

“I’m always a bit skeptical when a debut album is overhyped but in this case the massive hype is absolutely justified [...] haunting lyrics and charismatic, intense vocals [...] just beautiful [...] Perfect.”

Severine. McWay Neuman – Tribe Online.de

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“Don’t expect the typical singer songwriter album with Miss De Mille. Her sharpest weapon is the unusual arrangements of violin, cello, accordion, mandolin and flute which complement the guitars. It is all very confident, subtle and amazing for a debut [...] The unpretentious and intimate atmosphere that is created with the guitar and piano and complex instrumentation makes the listeners feel that Franka has got nothing to prove to anyone [...] The artist seems to have skipped the musical self-discovery process and creates a full mature sound. High quality.”

 Julia Lorenz - Aviva- Berlin  Women Magazine 
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“Dreamy, Charismatic, Mysterious and gorgeous [...] The arrangements are excellent. The  vocals hypnotic [...] an intense journey [...] An album for the evening with candlelight and wine. Moody, dreamy, mystical, and damn good.” ★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8,5/10)

Martin Bothmann – FFM-Rock

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“The detailed staged songs all carry their respective own musical guise and end up being far less conventional than it first appears [...] Thus the work is undoubtedly certifies a certain timelessness that goes beyond the moment. This is something for explorers and music connoisseurs.”

Ullrich Maurer review  - Gaesteliste Magazine

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“[...] personal lyrics coupled with strong melodies. An album that you should definitely listen more than once.” ★★★★★★☆☆ 

Mix.de

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“Immediately one falls for the voice and is captured by the smart mixture of vocals and instrumentation… The magical and hypnotic Franka De Mille’ voice one cannot stop listening to [...] Eventually you put it on repeat [...] You can barely hear enough of this voice.”

Thomas Neumann- Hoererlebnis.de (online and issue 84)

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“[...] fragile but with great emotional intensity. You too will be amazed by this singer and composer!”

DasFachbaltt-de Click here  and Metalglory here 

 

“Here is for a change something that is not metal. The way you want to classify it is completely secondary. The fundamental ingredient is her marvelous voice. ‘Bridge The Roads’ is impressive and gets under your skin: fragile but with a great emotional intensity. All of you out there who really love music! Do me a favour and go discover Franka De Mille. You will love her! Her videos are also a must see.”

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“The London based singer songwriter kicks off her first album in a slinky, warm Americana-Style. Slideguitar and violin solos harmoniously match De Mille’s earthy voice. The second half of the album occasionally becomes dark and spherical and tends – based upon orchestral and clearly ambitious vocal elements – to lean towards experimental dimensions.”

Folker Magazine 

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“[...] With Bridge the roads she released her debut album together with an international cast of musicians. De Mille follows her own path and creates a pleasant mixture of Americana, European folk and more alternative (world) styles. She plays with sounds of (more or less) traditional instruments, classical themes and electronic possibilities. Especially in the more introvert songs, she shows to be a fantastic singer with a powerful voice. She knows how to tell a story and it’s nice to hear how she slowly creates a unique, own sound and style. A lovely album by a great singer who probably will surprise us many more times in the future with her music.”

Eelco Schlider - FolkWorld 

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Franka De Mille’s Bridge The Roads is a special debut of exceptional quality [...] a timeless gem that will shine for a long time. ★★★★ (4,5) half.

Joost Festen – 8weekly - The Netherlands  

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“Bridge the Roads “is an album with delicate, carefully arranged songs [...] a good choice for a mother or father’s day gift. Despite the sadness that sometimes seems to have the upper hand, the album is a perfect soundtrack for a night with a good book and a glass of red wine.”

Gerben van Dijk - MaxaZine  -  The Netherlands

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“[...] original compositions that reveal an honest vision of her personal world [...] Franka’s crystal clear vocals at times strongly reminds me of Eddie Reader. The melodic approach with beautiful cello, flute and mandolin form a musical backdrop for her heavenly voice. ‘Gare du Nord’, undoubtedly one of the strongest songs, opens with majestic cello and violin work accompanied by piano and accordion evokes the atmosphere of the streets of Paris. At the end, De Mille’s sings in the language of Paul Verlaine and the song becomes a rhythmic musette gigue soaked in melancholy [...] It is especially with her voice and the beautiful string arrangements that this young lady impresses [...] Wonderful debut from this London-based female singer-songwriter [...] gentle melodies with a remarkable voice on a pure subtile acoustic musical tapestry. The intimate subjects are very personal but universal.” ★★★★☆

“Keys and Chords” – Cis Van Looy – Belgium

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“‘Come on’ is an excellent opening. The voice is graceful and clear  [...] The natural purity of Miss De Mille voice illuminates the beautiful ballad ‘Solo’ [...] The lyrics are brilliant  [...]  the instrumentation is complex, yet the melodies are particularly sharp [...] This work is marked with beauty and poetry [...] Majestic, melancholic.”

Jean Claude Mondo –  Muziczine – Belgium

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“The debut album from the London singer Franka de Mille is very special…the songs are thoughtful…fabulous.”

Nederlands dagblad Newspaper- 21 June 2013 Click here

 

“She is a gifted songwriter [...] she sings with a fragile yet strong clear voice. A fine debut from a lady we are looking forward to hear from again very soon.”

Gerrit Vermeij – MuziekVenster – The Netherlands

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“ [...] an original and captivating sound  [...] Bridge The Roads is a must for lovers of thoughtful, almost intellectual pop.”

Roeland Smits – Heaven Magazine (No. 3, May/June 2013)

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“An album with intimate stories on a velvet bed of soft folk music. This album has a beautiful, professional production with just the perfect amount of instruments to paint the narrative into her ‘tableau’. Her pure vocal performance is by far the main instrument of “Bridge The Roads” [...]  Her crystal pure voice reminds me of some of the greatest female vocalists like Joni Mitchell, Edith Piaf and Kate Bush. This is a splendid album from a precious vocal diamond.”

Valsam – Rootstime-be – Belgium

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“[…] comparisons to Kate Bush, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey et Patti Smith have lead us up the garden path as De Mille is indeed original in her manner of merging pop, Folk ,chamber music and americana […] her uniquely expressive voice is her principal ally and she dances playfully between the sounds and instruments […] Not contrived, but very natural […] a disarming beauty…Really gorgeous!”

Benny Metten – Alt Country – Belgium

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“[…] The atmosphere is immense […]  Every detail is crystal clear […] it has impact […] this is a wonderful and intimate album […] this deserves your undivided attention […] a very welcome addition to any collection […] Don´t let the folk tag deceive you, to me this is universal music that will appeal to a lot of people!”

Peter Cox – YourMusicBlog - The Netherlands

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“Franka’s vocals are strong and quite powerful, sounding really beautiful in especially the song ‘Birds’ […] Franka has a superb warm clean melodic voice […] really bring you in extase. Well done for a debut. ” ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Gabor Kleinbloesem – Strutter’zine - The Netherlands

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“[…] meaningful lyrics, emotional vocals, beautiful melodies.”

Blues Bites – Blues Magazine - The Netherlands

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“What strikes me immediately is the amazing sound of the production […] it has been self created and self released but with all the qualities of an album produced by a big label. And luckily the music is of an equally high quality. Franka […] proves to be a very gifted songwriter. She has succeeded in transforming her experiences […] into amazingly beautiful music. She has written all the songs and sings them with her fragile articulate and beautifully clear voice […] For the string arrangements and the many instrumentals, there are no less than nine musicians at her disposal who magically color the songs with guitar, piano, bass, cello, violin, double-bass, accordions, drums […] Apart from its delicate sensitivity,the music is simply skin crawlingly gorgeous. […] you can only conclude that you have dug and are holding pure gold in your hands from a new shining star on the firmament.”

Jan Willem Broek – Caleidoscoop - The Netherlands

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“It is probably her musical cocktail of  folk, Americana, chamber music and pop that brought the singer to this stage. Singer-songwriter Franka de Mille recently made her debut with Bridge The Roads (Chi Wara) and received great reviews, and justifiably so. The singer presents her own compositions, which are incidentally not the most uplifting and cheerful listening material, with passion.”

Bram Van Schaik – ArtsenAuto - The Netherlands

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“[…] smooth, luscious, lullaby music for us to enjoy. Franka’s sound, whilst being very much her own, has traces of many of the most revered female singer songwriters of the past 20 years. With smidgeons of Patti Smith, Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox and Carole King her influences are wide and varied and that makes for an interesting set. […] ‘Bridge The Roads’ which was two years in the making. Partially, that is because Franka is a perfectionist and also because she likes to include a huge variety of instruments in her tracks. Along with heart tugging strings you can pick out many different influences from the mandolin in ‘So Long’ to the bodhran in ‘Birds which is a plaintive song about mourning her father, the celtic tinge to the song amplifying its sadness and reminded me a little of the type of song Tom Waits might write. I liked both of the aforementioned but my favourite track was the slower, ‘Oh My’ […]”

Paul Nixon’s blog - The Netherlands

 

[...] “Of a bewitching softness, the whole is melodious, subtle, sensitive, elegant and mysterious. Franka De Mille is unclassifiable… magical. ‘Bridge The Roads’ is to be listened to, again and again with close attention. Spread the word!”

Fernand Degueldre – Screenwriter, Lyricist – Belgium

 

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“Franka’s concert at The Europejski Festiwal Smaku in Lublin, (2011-09-10) was phenomenal […] There was no room for cheap tinsel, artificiality, or for posing. Franka placed a bet on art and it was certainly an appropriate investment because in the world of plastic values, sooner or later, people will miss real artists – not the noisy ones and not those whose sex life and numerous scandals are the topics of internet portals and the gutter press […] Franka restores our faith in art. […]  When she arrived, she came to Trójka [Polskie Radio Program III - 2011-09-09] where she met Djs Piotr Baron and Marek Niedźwiecki. I know that she will continue to write important songs and I hope she will come back [to Poland] soon.”

Wojciech Ossowski – Polskie Radio III / OSS’OVER 

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“Franka de Mille played on the 10th of September 2011 as part of the Europejski Festiwal Smaku in Lublin. The singer arrived onstage smiling, surrounded by her musicians and she sang “I pray  for you” for the first time, a song she dedicated to her Polish “brother”, a friend […] who translates her texts among other things.  The next song was “Birds”, a moving, beautifuly sang ballad dedicated to Franka‘s deceased Father.  After this, we heard ‘Fallen” and ‘Bridge The Roads”, the title song of the album, with its wonderful chorus and dynamic acoustic guitar. The song was greeted with a lively response from her fans.  Then came my personal favourite, the spine-chilling, ‘So long”. […] Her performance of this song reminded me of Kate Bush’s […] the artist maintained the atmosphere with “Oh my”, an awesome ballad with piano and strings. After came the upbeat “You’ll never know” and  “Solo”, by that point the audience was totally in love with Franka, responding to her songs and returning her warmth. An invisible bond had been formed between the artist and her audience. […] The evening ended with an encore, a Mexican song ‘La Martiniana’, dedicated to Franka’s Father who loved Mexican music.  Throughout the whole concert the artist was giving all her heart and energy. Franka de Mille and her musicians received a standing ovation and she was also given flowers by the Director of the Festival. Finally there was time for autographs and photos and as we headed home, we could still feel the magic of the concert in the air.”

Paweł Jasiurski – Folk24.pl 

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“Franka De Mille also sang at Stan Borys’ jubilee concert. She stayed especially an extra day for this [2011-09-11]. Her band with the legendary guitarist Kevin Armstrong had flown back to London. […] The Festival is behind us now but the great energy from the fabulous Franka De Mille and Stan Borys will remain in our hearts for a very long time.”

Waldemar Sulisz (festival director and journalist) – Europejski Festiwal Smaku

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“[The album "Bridge the Roads"], without the support of large corporations, has been aired on many radio stations around the world including Poland. […] One of the album’s gems is the disquieting, extremely catchy track called “So Long”, where Franka – against a background of piercing violin and a somewhat hypnotic backdrop – sings a dark ballad which reminds me a little of the gothic folk songs of American singer Mary Gauthier. On the other hand, thanks to the original instrumental layers, one can also hear something inspired by Middle Eastern music. […] Franka De Mille is designated by many reviewers to a successor of the big stars of the alternative folk stage. […] one thing is certain: Franka De Mille is a noteworthy artist. Her next album surely will show what potential lies in her. […] I believe she is a talented artist and she will not let us down.”

Rafał Chojnacki – Pismo Folkowe “Gadki z Chatki” Magazine (No. 94, 3/2011) 

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“Franka is gifted with a fascinating voice, which create an intimate atmosphere. [...] No matter how one defines the style of Franka De Mille’s songs, there is no denying their unique charm [...] her songs have such unusual features that [...] they immediately pierce through you and penetrate your subconscious for a long time. It is not only because of the great melodies that stick in your memory. It is also due to that amazing climate, that is constantly maintained throughout the album.”

Artur Chachlowski - Mały Leksykon Wielkich Zespołów 

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“There is an aura of mysteriousness, an understatement [...] but foremost is Frankas voice [...] thrilling, deep, sad. Each compositions is [...] profoundly moving. [...] The combination of real stories and music further enhances the emotional experience. [...] The unique atmosphere of each original and excellent composition magnetizes the listener. ‘Bridge The Roads’ shows that there is still room for ambitious, delicate and interesting music, where harmony, style and inventive arrangements prevail. An original concept where the soul of the artist can be heard in every note. – 5/5.”  ★★★★★

Ryszard Lis – Rock Megastacja Magazine 

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“It is great to listen to it ["Bridge the Roads"]. It is full of gentle melodies – even in the darker songs. The piano, the cello – the instrumentation as a whole, sits on the boundary of folk and old bourgeois salon music. In a few words – an ambiguous and striking sound vesture. […] Two great virtues of this album are its sincerity and its confession nature. In the era of plastic and artificial music, this is a sufficient reason to befriend this album and I am not surprised that it gained so many fans for the artist. The album has also one more aspect – after its hearing a you looks forward to more and to further works.”

Wojciech Ossowski – Polskie Radio III /OSS’OVER

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“Franka De Mille’s ballads are filled with emotions, true feeling that draws the listener in [...] My very favourite is “Gare du Nord”, where [...] cello, accordion and violin create a really magical atmosphere, reminding me a little of Dead Can Dance. [...] A similarly, beautiful climate was created by her in “So Long”, with its mandolin and oud.”

Marcin Tomaszewski- Students.pl 

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“Franka’s singing and the timbre of her voice create an intimate atmosphere [...] Everyone will find something to delight themselves in and a song that will strongly stick in their heart. [...] Especially when you listen to the message in them or understand the circumstances from which they were created [...] I urge you to acquaint yourself with this album. It is unique, sincere and incredibly atmospheric. It will hit your hearts and souls powerfully [...] ” ★★★★★★★★☆☆

Ireneusz Dudziński – Rock Area 

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“['Bridge the Roads'] [...] An harmonious acoustic album which will be liked by everyone who delights in art rock music.”

Piotr Spyra – Rock Area

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“From start to finish it is stylish and ethereal. The music of” Bridge of he Roads ” reigns supreme over any listener’s world. [...] “Come On”  [...] is characterized by lively swing with economical electric guitar accompaniment in the style of Chris Isaak. Blissful mood also has another song “Fallen” is another song that puts you in a blissful mood. [...] the sensational “Solo”, a ballad which talks of agonizing loneliness. [...] with its wistful sounds of cello, baroque guitar and Franka De Mille’s voice sounding as if it could, by mutation of its kind, take over the entire existential pain from her much older and more experienced colleagues in life – like Patti Smith. “Gare du Nord” is a true masterpiece, the highest class of  musical arrangements artistry and craftsmanship. [...] “Birds” reminds me of the atmosphere of Suzanne Vega songs from the period of “Solitude Standing “. [...] In” You’ll Never Know “we return to the land of serenity. [...] In” So Long, “we have to deal with an almost psychedelic music. [...] the attentive listener may catch vocals reminiscent of Patti Smith and Bjork in its interpretation. “Oh My”, a wonderful romantic piano ballad, which could easily be on the “White Chalk” album by PJ Harvey [...] at the end of “Bridge of the Roads” “Gare du Nord” returns, this time in the ‘unplugged’ version. [...] this song consolidates our belief, that only what is sad and transient can be truly moving and beautiful.”

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“I can listen to Suzanne Vega continuously, I always stop to listen when Tori Amos or Alison Moyet sing. Dani Klein of Vaya Con Dios is my favourite female singer. […] But perhaps it would be worth thinking about their succession, and passing the singer-songwriter throne to someone? I think Franka De Mille is a worthy heiress to it. […] ‘Bridge the Roads’ has all the features of a good singer-songwriter album – there is no time filling here. […] Franka is most of all herself, she is not a follower or a second rate imitator. […] Each song has been specially crafted and serves a purpose. The melodies are richly instrumentalized and original, but what is also important, the songs are ordered thoughtfully, so as to give the album its own sense of drama. […] I give a big 5/5 to “Bridge The Roads!” ["5/5- an album for life"]“ ★★★★★

Paweł Tryba – ProgRock.org 

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(‘Bridge The Roads’ has become the top ranking album on ProgRock-org in all categories! Thank you!)

 

“Franka De Mille – “Bridge The Roads”. […] May she keep on making music because it is a really beautiful album. […] I hope that one day we will manage to invite Franka to the Agnieszka Osiecka’s Music Studio of Polish Radio III and listen to her live.”

Wojciech Ossowski – Polskie Radio III – /OSS’OVER

 

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[...] The listener becomes one with the music and it is not only due to the variation in the music and its multitude of instruments but what attracts is Franka’s voice. In fact is hard to stop listening to it. It is diverse, enchanting and beautiful. And I know that I will come back to this album many times.”★★★★☆

Mattias Gustavsson -IKON 1931 Magazine 

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“A beautiful voice, fine guitar playing and melancholic songs – that’s Franka De Mille’s new album “Bridge Roads.”

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“The music is arresting but it is her voice which carries the entire album […] soft but powerful […] Franka De Mille’s voice is so unique that it makes the album more exciting.”

Musicstage.se  – Sweden

“Franka De Mille invites you to folk-pop of the most delicate sort. Excellent arrangements under a voice as sharp as a knife. The inspiration comes from different parts and evolve in the most thoughtful manner. With one simple blend of anxiety and hope, she shares her strongest innermost feelings and its clearly where she wants to be…De Mille carefully wraps every song as if they were her most expensive treasures, in a luxurious wrappings. That is, fine tuned melodies of cello, piano, accordion and guitar.”

Joysine.se 

“Within her melodic compositions lie dark lyrics that help to create disturbing laments. Her album is sad but beautiful and is fuelled by her strong passionate voice.”

Gert-Ove Fridlund – Hallandsposten

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“Franka De Mille’s powerful, sultry voice is the centrepiece of this album. A mixture of alternative folk, brooding country and a tinge of the blues [...] The way she carries her voice through sombre, dark lyrics; turning these themes into a sense of hope and belonging with uplifting melodies [...] Lyrically, Franka deals with the human emotion. The loss of her father is a direct influence in songs such as [...] Birds. [...] This album has a beautiful quality about it. The songs draw you in and encapture your ears. This is a perfect album for an evening at home alone with a glass of red and your thoughts. [...] With such a fine voice, it would be a crime to not experience this record.”

Jason Strange – Musicfeeds – Australia

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“A debut album with a beautiful and personal touch. The lovely string arrangements that transport us into a Baroque landscape are most impressive. From start to finish they provide a lovely atmosphere [...] smart multi-layered compositions manage to create tension in the relaxed atmosphere that characterizes the album. Acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin, cello, flute, accordion and oud are some of the instruments played by the nine musicians for the occasion. They come from all over the world (even little Norway!). [...] De Mille has a gorgeous voice and [...] is a promising artist that we’ll hopefully hear more of in the future.”

Groove.no – Norway

 

“[...] an emotional labyrinth. Magical and dramatic [...] Nature, painting, poetry, arts, philosophy all is reflected in her music.”

Ελένη Λιβεράκου (Eleni Liverakou) – Rockway Magazine –  Greece

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“[…] Kate Bush, Tom Waits, Johan Sebastian Bach […] I hear these many influences infused throughout her work. The music is a wonderful tapestry of intricate string orchestrations, vocals and piano. It is expansive and inspiring. It moves with the ebb and flows like nature. Oceans, winds moving back and forth […] The interwoven vocals are mesmerizing.”

Franka De Mille – Indie Artist of the Day’ – Zakflak.blogspot – Canada

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“[...] delightful barrage of string harmonics [...] it’s pleasantly hard to breathe [...] heart-wrenchingly earnest lyrics [...] Cynical commentary washes away in a bath of heartfelt moonlight.  Tight jeans loosen as breath leaves you. “

Jimmy Roxy – Mezzic – U.S.A

“On her strong debut Franka De Mille finds a comfortable home somewhere between singer-songwriter folk and baroque pop. The songs on “Bridge the Roads” have a humble soul and are more than occasionally melancholy.  [...] De Mille shines most when the instrumentation is more complex (as on “So Long” and “Gare du Nord”, my favorite track found on this CD). “Bridge the Roads” is an intriguing debut, and my gut tells me that we’re just hearing the beginning of Franka De Mille.”

Jordn Block – SepiaChord – U.S.A

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“How refreshing, a contemporary vocalist who is not only a singer, but a musician and an artist too.  In an era when the industry pushes an endless string of scantily clad products, who don’t compose, don’t create…and don’t sing for the most part, Franka comes across as a creator with integrity and artistic humility…the humility that comes with talent  that is.  Maybe that is why in her web page instead of displaying photos of herself, she offers a an exquisite collection of images from the artists who inspire her. Her music is full of emotion and commitment, in the context of fine and delicate craftmanship.”

Ghost Writer Music Review™® Wanda Future – USA

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“The best Goth-Folk musical release.”

E. J. Stevens, Author of ‘From The Shadows’ – USA

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“[…] This is a woman who is destined to make her mark in the world of female singer-song writers. Her debut album is relevant to all ages. The lullaby-like music wraps itself around her voice like a soft blanket. Her lyrics break your heart and inspire healing at the same time. For Franka to put so much of herself into her music is risky, but in this case, there could be no other way to capture the beauty and strength in her voice.”

Amyjo Underkofler – Novelist – USA

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“A small bird with dark wings, graceful and with a heart as warm as the sun, gave me a sign a few “moons” ago [...] she is beautiful when she sings! [...] Her pure voice soars in the sky and she has managed to tell me her story so well. The musicians who accompany her on the piano, guitar, violin, cello, accordion, mandolin and flute have charmed me away into a world that I love [...] I followed the trail of this beautiful graceful angel with whom I feel so close, a “little sister” of heart and life, linked by a transparent wire, music and sensitivity. Thank you for flying to me Franka.”

Nathalie – Petit Roseau – France

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“The powerful and sensual voice is the centerpiece of this album. A blend of folk tinged with blues. This album has a beautiful quality and even if we live in different places, we love the same way and the power of music is a beautiful thing. The meticulous and complex arrangements of the songs work wonderfully in this album. What gentle reveries.”

Mitch’s Blog – France

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“Her world is so touching, I let myself be caught by her sweet and powerful voice… “Gare du Nord” just completely disarmed me. It holds both hope and heartbreak [...] ’Bridge The Roads’ seizes you with its intensity and sincerity!”

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