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Charity Chapman

Gordon the Northern EP

Review by Gary Hill

Although there are only three songs on this EP, it really shows a true pop talent. Charity Chapman creates music that combines musical elements across various styles, while still maintaining a pop rock concept. I have to say that I’ll be looking forward to hearing more from this lady.

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Track by Track Review
If I Could Fly

Starting with a female singer/songwriter, pop motif as the arrangement gets powered up later it has a definite progressive rock bent to it. The vocal performance is the strongest part of the tune, though. It’s a great piece of music and a nice way to start this off in style.

Free
Balladic piano based motifs open this tune and after the first verse it grows out from there just a little. It rocks out more as the arrangement fills out.
In My Room

Alternating between harder rocking and mellower sections, this is possibly the best cut on show. Mind you, it’s the least purely pop oriented, but it’s a very strong cut. Parts of it make me think of Elton John in terms of arrangement and song construction to some degree.

 
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