SABRIEL, “Fox In The Henhouse”
Despite the common imagery of cheating in its title, “Fox In The Henhouse” by Las Vegas singer/songwriter Sabriel (pronounced shä brē el) is anything but ordinary. I would like to place the music of Sabriel alongside that of Jessie Ware, who has bundled up disco and British R&B into a tightly woven, accessible package in her latest releases. Sabriel’s music takes queues from the softer side of that genre, as well as the ballads of Janet Jackson, with even older school Nina Simone and Billie Holliday influences very apparent. Her sultry voice is versatile, never getting tied down in a particular part of that voice within the song to make it seem one-note. “Fox In The Henhouse” has a strong message about recognizing warning signs in relationships, but it goes down as easily on your stereo as it would in an intimate supper club. After I enjoyed her previous release “Love Again” immensely, Sabriel continues to prove that she is a talent to watch and grow.