Wake to Dream
Review by Gary Hill
The vocals are the real driving element to this set. Each song features multiple layers of singing that showcases so much talent and style. Musically the sound has a pop meets R&B and jazz kind of vibe. The instrumental elements in general take a back seat to the vocals, though. This is quite an entertaining set. I’d love to hear more from this talented artist.
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|Track by Track Review|
Piano is a big part of the arrangement here. The vocals really sell it, though. There are multiple layers at times. I like the soulful kind of vibe to this. It’s very much a pop styled tune, but there is jazz and more in the mix.
The acapella motif at the start of this cut is quite soulful. It also holds the tune for a decent amount of time. The sounds that join are understated and quite jazzy. The multiple layers of vocals are definitely the standout element on this piece.
Again the vocals are the real magic here. This is musically a bit playful. It’s a catchy pop music based kind of thing.
|Wild And Free
I love the jazz vibe to this cut. It’s so cool. I think this is my favorite tune here. The vocal performance is every bit as strong as on the other tunes. It’s just that the musical arrangement comes up to meet it. The bass work here really shines, too. As a bassist, I know that grabs my attention, too.
There are some percussive elements (and a bit of other instrumentation) here, but overall this is an acapella number that’s very cool. It’s another highlight of the set with more of those great multiple layers of vocals.