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Ben Crandel's review of "Dream" CD 

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Someday we’re going to look at Sarah Packiam and say, remember when she played around here … for free?! Packiam has a new EP called “Dream” (which I am embarrassed to say was released more than two months ago without a word in this space) and it’s just more evidence of a talent that should be difficult to keep in South Florida. Packiam is a woman of the world, born outside Dublin, raised for several years near Barcelona, where she played in a band with her brother and her father, Peter, a jazz-blues guitarist from Agra, India. And her five new original songs, produced by Grammy Award winner Tim Mitchell (Bob Seger, Gloria Estefan, Jon Secada, Shakira), include contributions from members of Shakira’s band (Albert Menendez, Olgui Chirino). But the EP is pure pop that wears its indie-Americana aspirations on its rolled-up sleeves. The jangly, harmonica-fueled rocker “Lenny” would be perfectly at home on a setlist at a show by Lucinda Williams or John Mellencamp. It’s astonishing to hear Packiam rock out like that. Anyway, you can hear for yourself, because the singer continues to perform on her two regular South Florida stages: Friday nights at 8 at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek (5550 NW 40th St.; 954-977-6700, SeminoleCoconutCreekCasino.com) and Aug. 15 at Balans Lounge (901 S. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-534-9191. Info: Facebook.com/SarahPackiam


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