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Shannon O'Connor - Low in Paradise

Low in Paradise

Shannon O'Connor

Varrga Records - 70713

Available from Varrga Records web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

Shannon O'Connor is not breaking any new ground but there is a refreshing honesty to her songs that comes through with fine voice. She is a single mom in a small town. She doesn't throw blame around onto others, however, but rather she accepts responsibility and faces the future with a smile on her face. There is a genuine country twang to her voice and she uses it to reinforce the songs and not as a gimmick. Her songs explore many of the themes that are faced by women and particularly single women with children. She lets her music go over a lot of the different landscapes of country music, from straight ahead country, Falling For You, to old timey western swing, Stolen Moments, to Bluegrass inflected country, Down On My Knees. She is allowed to do this with great ease because she has a sharp, crack tight band behind her, they go with her in support on every change with never a waver. She wrote eight of the ten songs on this disc, the other two are traditional songs she did some additional lyrics for, Salty Dog and Down On My Knees. The album seems a bit short, a bit over 35 minutes, for a debut record but what is here is a very fine beginning for this singer/songwriter. She has lofty dreams for this disc, and is using it as a way for her to attempt to locate the father of her 10-year-old daughter.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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