Barb Elyett - The Simple Side

Published Thursday 8th November 2007
Barb Elyett - The Simple Side
Barb Elyett - The Simple Side

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 32953-8585
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Philippa McCracken

The first couple of times I listened to this album debut by a Canadian singer/songwriter, my thoughts were along the lines of, "I think my mum would appreciate this more than me." However, the more I listened to it and got to the heart of the album, the more I began to appreciate what is a collection of heartfelt melodies and reflective lyrics. Listening to Barb's nicely crafted music is like sitting down with a big mug of chicken soup when you have a cold. The sincere lyrics are drawn together by beautiful piano and Barb's warmly expressive voice. Her heart for music and inspiring people is unmistakable in these personal songs, for whose origin there is an explanation in the sleeve. "Come To Me", a powerful ballad based on Matthew 11:28, is well worthy of the Honourable Mention it got at the Billboard World Song Contest. Amongst the touching, piano-based ballads are a number of upbeat but just as meaningful tracks, including "Abandoned Nets" and the rather haunting title track. Clearly, we'll be hearing more from this talented lady.

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