"Touches of brilliance with bits of confusion" best describes the 2007 self-release of one Darby Dizard called "Down for You." Talent comes from all directions and diversity can be a true gift but one must know their limitations. Ms. Dizard has a wonderful gift, however, this disk also has some left of center moments.
Ms. Dizard has a voice -- a very good one in fact -- but she needs to find it's consistency. Off key at times, she tends to go down roads that should not be traveled as of yet. One will notice with performances like "So Many Stars" her voice fits with the charm the spin deserves. On the flip side, "That Old Black Magic" needed some magic, for the classic lost something in that particular performance!
No question this woman has range, talent, and passion which comes out in most cuts on Down for You, however, there seems to be a vacancy when it comes to consistency.
Rogers and Hart’s "This Can’t Be Love" was a case where Dizard takes off and keeps the listener climbing. The spin was upbeat, strong in delivery, and fits the tempo. Dizard also kicked it up to add a new dimension to the classic. This is what she can do so very well.
Down for You is a fine exhibit of her range and talent for a vast array of genres, however, it lacks that fine tuning. Some wonderful cuts lie between the plastic thus this listen is not mediocre by any means. Push and play and experience your own time with Ms. Dizard for she is a performer!