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Tamara L. Wilson

Let It Go

Review by Gary Hill

There are times where musicians overstay their welcome with their releases that run too long to really hold the listener's attention. This four song EP definitely falls into the other theory - leave them wanting more. Every song here is solid, and there is a good variety of music here. I really like this a lot. If I had any complaints (other than I wish there was more music here) it would be that at times this seems to play it a little safe and that it feels a little over-produced at points. That said, those are minor issues here because this is a very strong set of tunes. I heartily recommend this for fans of contemporary pop and rock with a lot of retro leanings and soul at its core.

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Track by Track Review
It's Your Life (Believe)
Piano and vocals are at the heart of the beginning of this cut. There is a soulful, rather bluesy vibe to it in some ways. Other layers come over the top after the first vocal movement, but more as icing than anything else. It does turn toward more of a pop rock thing as the rhythm section joins later. I really like the guitar solo on the tune.
Little More Love [Remix]
A horn section is on display early. The cut works to more of a bluesy rock jam from there. Organ lends a retro edge. The vocals are rocking. This tune is just a classy and classic sounding number. The horns show up again later. There are some moments of funky guitar work, too.
Let It Go
Another retro sounding number, this has a rhythm section and keyboards backdrop early. The track gradually evolves from there with style and charm. This gets bonus points with me for the "Star Trek" references.
Have It All
I love this killer soulful pop rock tune. As much as I've liked everything else here, this might well be the best number of the whole set. That makes it a great choice for closer. Somehow the guitar solo dominated instrumental section makes me think of Fleetwood Mac to some degree. The horns bring something special to this, too.
 
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