Category Archives: ballad

Scene and Heard – CCCII : Underground –  Mikäel (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Some music is bombastic and out going, full of vim and vigour, getting the message across by being up close and personal. And that’s fine, it gets the job done, after a fashion, but the cliched adage of less is … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXXI: Take Me For Me  – Bob Pepek (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

We first came across this track as part of last year’s album Pratfalls and Curtain Calls, Bob Pepek’s masterful collection of songs which explored the world around him via a string of deft musical songwriting and accessible tunes. He wandered … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXI : Pry – Major of Roses (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Right from the off there is something of Bowie’s Blackstar vibe at the heart of this second single from Major of Roses. Not perhaps in the vocals, here they fall into deeper and more resonant realms, but the dark minimalism, … Continue reading

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Nashville Songwriting Sessions – Claudia Norris (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If I gave the impression that the ukulele driven pop of Say Yes may be a bit of a gimmick, though in my defence I did say that Claudia Norris did it better than some more obvious examples of the … Continue reading

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Shelter – Zialand (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If last time out Zialand’s single Landslide dealt in slick and sultry electro-pop, here she takes a more naturalistic route. No less cool and soulful, Shelter is closer to the soul ballads of old than the more cutting edge sonic … Continue reading

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The Letting Go –  Natalie Jean & Levi Moore (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

On paper this duet from Natalie Jean and Levi Moore may seem to be coming from a very familiar musical place, a gentle balladic country-pop place, rich in harmony and minimalist deliveries. But music doesn’t exist on paper, it exists … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLI : In You –  Geni (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Faith is a very personal concept, music however is universal and it is the most natural thing in the world to use music as a way of celebrating your faith, expressing your adoration and adherence and spreading the word which … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  – CCXXIII : The Catch of The Pride – Blaylock

If previous single Lighthouse established Blaylock as a new form of pop-pianist, one that sits neatly between the high art of the serious end of the genre and the kitsch of the throwaway stadium anthem types, The Catch of the … Continue reading

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You Are My Home –  Alan Osborne (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music is made for many reasons, some of them creative, driven by integrity, other times…well, not so much. For everyone who is trying to express a personal view of the world there is someone looking for a quick buck, for … Continue reading

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Control – 1403 (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Working as a reviewer who has no real control (pun intended) over what music lands on my sonic desk has a few drawbacks. For all the wonderful unpredictability, lucky finds and eureka moments about ninety per cent of what comes … Continue reading

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