“She Moves Like A Mystery” is a new single from Frank Migliorelli and The Dirt Nappers upcoming album The Things You Left Behind. It’s a sweet, soulful tune.
This single leans toward the gentle side of soul. It features electric guitars, but not the sort that get all noisy. Instead, these six-strings provide a gentle backing for Migliorelli’s equally gentle singing voice. This song sounds like The Impressions, the Chicago soul group that gave birth to two amazing soul singers, Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield. While Butler continued to record and perform smooth soul after the demise of The Impressions, Mayfield moved into far more funky and dark sounds, particularly with the pivotal Superfly soundtrack album. The sound of this track may remind you of memorable Impressions songs, such as “People Get Ready” and “I’m so Proud.”
Migliorelli sings with a warm, soft vocal tone. He’s not one to get all gruff and sweaty when he sings – at least not with this song. He has a voice that may bring power-popper Marshall Crenshaw to mind. In fact, this is the kind of song Crenshaw might well perform. It’s simple, stripped-down and straightforward. The mix is not busy with multiple instruments, which allows Migliorelli’s sweet singing voice to float above the instrumentation.
Lyrically, the song finds Migliorelli mystified by this woman. He doesn’t fully understand her, and she’s like an unsolvable crime; one that even Columbo might have trouble cracking. The singing is so sugary, you may not notice the lyrics’ intelligence at first. Migliorelli describes his muse as being equally intelligent, and poetic. In one place, this special woman is likened to a movie star.
While some songs (and many styles of music) can hit you over the head and knock you into submission, other musical works are far sneakier than that. Frank Migliorelli and The Dirt Nappers’ “She Moves Like A Mystery” is one of those sneaky ones. It quietly slides up to you, carefully getting under your skin unnoticed, and before you know it, you’re hooked.
The songs surprisingly catchy impact matches its subject matter. Just as Migliorelli wonders aloud about how this special woman does what she does, we the listeners scratch our heads and ask ourselves, ‘How did such an unimposing piece of pop music find its way deep inside me?’ This is what makes great pop music, well, great. It’s also what makes advertising jingles so effective. You might just say musical advertising campaigns are like bits and pieces of pop music, only utilized for nefarious purposes (depending upon your opinion of it).
There’s nothing nefarious about what Frank Migliorelli and The Dirt Nappers have done with this song. Folks have been recording love songs for ages, and yet, artists are still finding new ways to tell old stories. Women have always been mysteries to men. Men love them, chase them and – hopefully – marry them. Yet once they become one half of that marital partnership, they spend the rest of their lives – hopefully – trying to figure out what/who they’ve got. “She Moves Like A Mystery” capitalizes on this song formula, without ever bringing us any closer to completely comprehending the fairer sex.
-Dan MacIntosh, posted by Anne Hollister