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CD review: Camille Harp 'A Little Bit of Light'

Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Camille Harp infuses her new EP “A Little Bit of Light” with a warm glow that occasionally flares into a scintillating blaze.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: August 24, 2012
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Camille Harp ‘A Little Bit of Light' (self released)

Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Camille Harp infuses her new EP “A Little Bit of Light” with a warm glow that occasionally flares into a scintillating blaze.

Harp cannily partnered with fellow Sooner State native and recent New York City transplant Luke Dick to make the acoustic-leaning, seven-song album.

Along with producing the record, Dick helped Harp pen three of the tracks, including the wise and folksy opener “One by One,” which showcases her unique raspy voice, and the lovely title track, which closes the album with an optimistic glow.

An ode to a failed romance, their “Thinking It Over” begins with a bright bounce but adroitly shifts tones, taking on a darker radiance and spotlighting Harp's skill at evoking complex emotions.

Dick also directed the music video for Harp's seductively stripped-down rendition of Bruce Springsteen's “I'm on Fire.”

The self-described Okie songstress' slow-burn version of The Boss' often-covered 1985 hit kindles the sexual tension until you can practically feel the flames.

Harp veritably incandesces with her hopeful ballad “Maybe” and her mournful lost-love song “Cemetery Heart,” and she invites country-rock fans to burn up the dance floor with the twangy “Leave My Heart Alone.” Harp's father, longtime musician Garry Harp, penned the nimble toe-tapper about a cagey woman who warns potential suitors “you can have my body ... but when you leave, my heart stays here with me.”

Harp's next live performance will be during the Sept. 14-15 Illinois River Jam in Tahlequah.

For information on the camping and music event, go to www.illinoisriverjam.com.

— Brandy McDonnell

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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