“At the heart of every music production is its basic building block—the song. It’s the key element, because if you don’t have a great song or songs, you won’t have a great record. You can have the most brilliant players provide excellent performances, and you can do a masterful production job, but if the songs aren’t there, not much of the audience is going to care beyond the first listen. Indeed, music history is littered with artists, bands, and records that had everything going for them except the most important thing: the songs.
That’s why I’m spending an entire chapter analyzing song structure. In the end, no one can predict what will be a hit or what might touch your audience’s heart or feet, but certain elements have tended to work in popular music of all types since the beginning of recorded music. It helps to know what works before you try something else.”
LINDSAY BELLOWS: WAKE TO DREAM
The miracles are not out of the world. Any healthy-minded individual who dared to claim less than a few days ago that your reviewer would venture to the same R & B picture up to five times in the near future was considered ready for collocation. However, the miracle has happened. More than that, there is no “Wake to dream” of Lindsay Bellows, a young wench with dark, curling locks, who can access the CD-device on duty. Before your thoughts run wild, we call (royal plural) mitigating circumstances: the discussed work is a piece of cake.
Five numbers that undoubtedly can count on a lot of support in hip-and-trendy lounge bars. At least this is what your reviewer suspects. In the foregoing, exact science must make the thumbs up against the intuitive assumption. Subsequently, apart from a lack of expertise in R & B, there is no affinity with lounge bars of the hip-and-trendy caliber. Some research into the style of Miss Bellows, however, teaches us that she would prefer to categorize her musical adventure as folk pop with R & B vocals. If the child only has a name. This notwithstanding – the self-willed stubbornness of your servant takes the upper hand – the picture evokes associations with ‘Irreplaceable’ from Beyoncé rather than – I call it – ‘How Long Will I Love You’ by The Waterboys.
Interesting fact for the musicians among us: the graceful Bellows is a proficient user of the loop station. Layer-after-layer, with her own voice, she builds backing tracks, about which she sings the final leads. No rule without exception, for ‘Wake to dream’ Lindsay surrounded himself and assisted by a group of skilled musicians. The result is full and very professional sounding songs.
Honest … although underwriting is rather R & B-unworldly (understatement), the debut of Lindsay Bellows charmed. The fact that the disc is going to be turned gray is pulled by the hair, but it can count as an approach to the genre.
Jan Coonen (3 ½)
‘Lindsay Bellows can be described as the perfect blend between Beyoncé and KT Tunstall, looping her Beyoncé-like voice into soulful pop songs’
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