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Shea Breaux Wells - Piece of the Light

Piece of the Light

Shea Breaux Wells

Available from CD Baby.

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

Wells' beautiful voice fits well with the picture of this very promising and up coming jazz singer. She wrote ten of the thirteen compositions and does a very credible job on the arrangements of the covers. Her honey-like voice seems to glide through the songs though there is little of the electricity that signals true originality and greatness have become one with the being. The band backing her on this disc is solid but never pushes her to take off and soar.

There are great interludes of wonderful music where there is good touch and feel for what makes the song tick, however there are too few of those moments where the song takes off and cuts its bonds and goes into the acrobatics or electricity that are required to free it from the forces of gravity. While her band is very good, for the most part they are too low key and laid back in their delivery, very rarely does an instrument stand out and separate itself from the pack to lead for awhile. A couple of times Noam Lemish takes the piano to the forefront for a bar or two, but in the few moments where there is a breakthrough, it is Robben Ford's electric guitar that startles the band into energy. There is great promise here but right now it is great music for the background of a conversation because it is not startling enough to make you stop and listen, very very pleasant but not grabbing or compelling.

Track List:

  • Soothe Me
  • Warm
  • Through the Fire
  • Piece of the Light
  • The Keeper
  • The Candy Man
  • State of Love
  • Blackbird
  • Finest of Lines
  • Ship of Music
  • Sands of Time
  • Nothing Stays the Same
  • Always Something There to Remind Me

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

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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