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Grace Freeman

Shadow

Review by Gary Hill

This is an impressive release, particularly when you consider that Grace Freeman is just 19 years old. She has a very pleasant voice, and is a solid songwriter. I would have to say that this is probably best for the "listen to one or two songs" crowd. That's because there isn't enough variety in terms of the vocal performance or the style. For that reason it does get a bit samey at one or two points when you listen to this start to finish. Still, this is well worth checking out, either way.

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Track by Track Review
Oliver

Intricate acoustic guitar opens this. The cut works out from there with some keyboards or accordion added. Those drop away before the vocals enter. This song feels a bit DIY in some ways, but the vocals are all pro. This is gentle and pretty. There is piano in the mix later in the piece.

Shadow

Piano and voice makes up the arrangement here. This is another slow cut. It's also quite beautiful. It gets more rocking as other instruments are heard further down the road.

Trying To Say Goodbye

The tempo is ramped up on this one. The cut has a bouncy kind of vibe. It's a classy number that's a bit Beatles-like to me if you ignore the vocals.

Blue-Eyed Boy

Gentle and rather playful, there is an Island kind of vibe. It's a timeless piece that's effective.

Another Long Night

Acoustic guitar based, this is much more of a folk rocker. It's a strong tune. In fact, it might be my favorite here. It's perhaps not as unique as some of the others are. It more than makes up for that with a strong arrangement.

Dreams

Gentle and folk-oriented, this is a playful little number.

Autumn

More energized this is a folky number. It's solid, but doesn't really manage to stand out from the rest.

Muddy Puddles

Another solid and playful folk pop song, this is competent, but the formula is starting to wear a bit thin.

God Forbid

Now, this is more like it. It's a bouncy number with an arrangement that definitely makes me think of the Beatles. It's a lot of fun.

Mountain’s Peak

Intricate guitar serves as the backdrop for the vocals. Other elements come over the top later, but overall this is another folk-driven number that works reasonably well.

Gemini

I love the intricate piano that serves as the backdrop here. The whole cut is classy. It's a pretty piece that makes for a strong closing piece.

 
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