STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 81112-15502 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Single ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Peter Dilley
Three tracks aren't really enough for a full assessment of the talents of Texas-based singer Devyn, but her debut EP certainly makes some good first impressions. Fusing Shania Twain-like country rock, synth pop, and a perhaps dash of punk rock, Devyn opens with "How Great You Are" before pulling back the pace for "Next Chapter", a power ballad with something of a 1980s feel and structure - by way of comparison, T'Pau's "China In Your Hand" springs to mind. The title cut is more akin to the opener in tempo and style, with a guitar riff that's rather reminiscent of the Friends theme tune, it exudes confidence, joie de vivre and the reassurance of knowing and experiencing God's love after difficult times in life: "Life is sweeter than a summer day, yeah/Bigger than the Milky Way/Oh, it doesn't matter what you say/This world just keeps on turning/Let's stay stronger than a bullet train./Cooler than an August rainstorm/When you overcome the pain/Then you will find love's all around you." Production is top-notch too, with Grammy Award-winners Michael and Ron Morales pulling everything together nicely. Surely a full album from Devyn isn't far away.
The opinions expressed in this article are
not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed
views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may
not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a
Interested in reviewing music? Find out