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Meghan Cary

Building this House

Review by Gary Hill

Based in a very jazz styled motif, this album is quite entertaining. Overall it fits around the pop and rock traditions and should please a lot of people. It’s the kind of music that has a wide potential fan base. Cary has really produced an interesting disc with this one.

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Track by Track Review
Building This House

There’s a definite 1970s pop rock groove to the rhythm section that opens this piece. As Cary’s voice comes over the top it feels a bit like a modern country rocker with some folk music and more of that retro element assembled together. There’s a cool scat vocal section later in the piece, too. There are some great retro keyboard sounds further down the musical road, too. All in all, this is a great tune that’s actually quite dynamic. It’s an excellent choice to open the set.

Lost You in the Light
An acoustic guitar based arrangement that’s quite jazzy opens this and is built upon as the number continues.
Thursdays
Combining bouncy 1970s folk styled sounds with jazz trio elements, this is a fun little number.
Responsibility
Rock meets mellow jazz in this cool tune.
I Might Miss You
A mellow, acoustic driven ballad, this is pretty and intricate.
Through Walking
There’s a real soulful texture to this and overall it’s a balladic jazz tune.
Invitation
There’s a folk meets bluegrass acoustic introduction to this piece, but it gives way to a bouncy sort of singer songwriter arrangement. It really soars as the arrangement powers out later. A poignant movement further down the musical road calls to mind progressive rock.
Darker Song
An unusual, and suitably darker and more mysterious arrangement laden with layers of vocals opens this piece. It builds out from there. It works into a very complex and captivating arrangement that’s quite progressive rock like in nature.

Moon Song

Bass starts this off, and it grows out into a proggy number. It’s a pretty and poignant piece that works really well.

Live!

This is a high energy number that has a definite bluegrass hoedown texture to it, but with an almost jazz oriented arrangement. It’s a cool cut that makes for a nice change of pace. There’s a smoking hot honky tonk piano solo later in the piece.

 
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