Kim Yarson - Joy

Published Sunday 3rd January 2016
Kim Yarson - Joy
Kim Yarson - Joy

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 151852-22190
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

I'll be honest. The song title that jumped out at me from the back cover of Nashville singer/songwriter Kim Yarson's third album was "Barefoot And Braless" in which the singer extols the benefits of - her words not mine - setting her puppies free. Whilst I'm in no way qualified to say whether or not the relief gained from such an action is worth singing about, the song feels as though it's trying a little too hard to be quirky with food-related songs like "Rocky Road" and "Mr Chocolate Chip Cookie" falling into the same trap whilst "Everyday Is Friday" features yet more garment removal and perhaps too much information about what goes on behind closed bedroom doors. That being said, Yarson does a fine line in songs that tackle everyday struggles and communicates with precision the emotions of seeing a parent age in "Sometimes I Cry" and the loss of a loved one in "I'll Always Miss Someone" whilst the likes of "Faith" and "Makes Or Breaks A Heart" are truly uplifting and reflect her Christian faith with authenticity. Stylistically, Yarson and her band have gone for a Shania Twain new country feel on an album that has enough good material on it to be worth checking out - even if it is on account of a certain song title.

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