Ink 19 music magazine review

Brenda David Better Part of Me Cadillac Records Brenda David approaches music with the seasoned skills of a longtime vet. Her voice exudes self-confidence and charm and not false sentimentality or forced angst. And although she branches out into different styles on this CD, her singing follows a straightforward path of jazz-styled chill-out calmness. She never gets overly emotional even on a topic as sad and shocking as The Muslim women who are forced to live their lives with their faces covered and their rights severed ("Behind the Veil"). Co-produced by David herself, this is a polished, classy affair aching for major-label status. With the rise of online marketing, we are seeing more unsigned solo acts renting quality studio time and surrounding themselves with top-notch talent. David is easily among the best of the current crop. On "Call Your Name," David presents herself as a country girl with a spiritual heart and a poet's eye for imagery: "It rolls in like thunder/Settles in like rain/A mist against the window/Thoughts gathered on the pane/Against the darkness of the night." Yes, the lady can write as well as she can sing. There's a bit of roots rock in David, and of all the chameleon shape shifting she does I find myself enjoying that part of her the best, which takes hold on "When I'm Gone" and "Come In From the Rain." I have a soft spot for jangling guitars, and it's refreshing to hear a shot of Americana sung by a woman. On the title cut, David slips into a jazz mood, and while her laidback vocals seem best suited for that, she has no problems at all adjusting to the mood swings of her muse. Ink 19 music magazine Kyrby Raine

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