Vaughan Penn - Over My Head

Published Tuesday 2nd November 2010
Vaughan Penn - Over My Head
Vaughan Penn - Over My Head

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 95581-16983
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul Keeble

Originally released in 2007, this was the fourth album from an American rock singer and songwriter who has had songs featured on US TV programmes such as Grey's Anatomy and Boston Legal and is now half of the duo Chynna & Vaughan. Vaughan's vocal on uptempo opener "Something About You" immediately brings April Lavigne to mind. "Do You Really Think" is Sheryl Crow with a slightly higher pitched voice, but very similar vocal stylings. Third track "Forgive You" has a good lyric and touches of shredded larynx à la Bonnie Tyler and some Stevie Nicks-like phrasing. With the exception of "When God Moves A Mountain" and "Take Heart" the songs are well-constructed with strong melodies and all - as with just about any album from across the Atlantic - are well produced and played, with several standouts such as "Forgive You", "Desperate", "On Your Way", "Even When You Win" (great arrangement). However, the dominant recurring thought as track follows track is: "Isn't this like. . .?" (fill in name - but usually Miss Crow). This is unsubtly reinforced on two 2007 remixes, presumably of older songs, at the end of the album on which the similarity to Sheryl C in vocal and arrangement is even more pronounced, to the point of mimicry. It's a shame as "Struggle" and "Ready To Rise" are excellent songs in their own right. Vaughan is a talented singer. Hopefully, her ongoing work with one-time Wilson Phillips member, Chynna Phillips, will bring more originality into her music.

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