Title - 'Light'
Artist - Shannon Bryant
Shannon Bryant found a different way to put her philosophy degree to good use. Accompanying the singer-songwriter’s effervescent melodies and honeyed harmonies are philosophical ruminations on love, connection and intimacy that, like life itself, offer a balance of sunny optimism and hope along with inevitable bouts of pained heartbreak and disillusionment.
Ergo, here on the soprano songbird's third adult contemporary-acoustic pop album, Light, which will be released February 26th by Belle Estrela Music, the collection of ten quality, hugely personal tracks come together as if the fates had requested them. Yep, this album of tracks completely written and produced by Shannon Bryant is just that damn good.
2. '11th Hour'
3. 'Wide Open'
5. 'Milk & Honey'
7. 'In Your Eyes'
8. 'Make Me Believe It’s Love'
9. 'Open Your Eyes'
10. '11th Hour Reprise'
The opening track, 'Kind Of Girl' is a lyrically shrugged resistance to a wayward ex and is a great way to set the tone for this album. That is expertly followed by the love song '11th Hour,' the perky playful bounce and flow of 'Wide Open' along next, and that is backed by both the skiffle drum back beat of the title track 'Light' (a track that poses probing questions in the face of gun and domestic violence, which in turn hints at finding safety and security in the spiritual), and then a track penned for her late mother, the beautiful summer sway of 'Milk & Honey.'
Bryant's gracefully, at times soaring voice keeps performing at its incredible best on the next track, 'Gold,' a cut that verbally searches for our inward joy (when it doesn't present itself as easily as we would have hoped for), and that is backed by the albums only cover track, a quite stunning version of Peter Gabriel's 'In Your Eyes.' A soft acoustic translation, nothing more than musical ambiance accompanying Bryant's precise vocals edge the song in, but then when the first (and stark) piano key strikes it awakens the song, thus allowing the sunlight to drift down and through the song, spreading warmth and love throughout its lyrics thereafter.
With multiple GRAMMY® winner Joe Chiccarelli (Jason Mraz, Alanis Morissette, U2, Elton John, Frank Zappa) having mixed this wonderful ten track album, next up is the delightful Brazilian jazz club appeal of 'Make Me Believe It's Love,' a track that showcases divinely Bryant's obvious love/passion for the culture and music, in general. It's then that the album comes to a close with both the gently rousing anthem of 'Open Your Eyes' (which actually sounds like an old Beatles track), and an '11th House Reprise.'
Review by: Russell A. Trunk