(05 October 2001) The seven-track debut album from Canadian
singer songwriter Shannon Weir is entitled Nature About You
(Socan (Canada) SHAN 002, 2001). The album is dominated by
Shannon's voice; she also provides piano and organ and is joined
by producer Ian McNally (guitar, mellotron, leslie organ),
Andrea Bettger (violin), Alex McMaster (cello), Paul Passmore
(bass) and Randy Cooke (drums). The album will almost certainly
appeal to fans of Jennifer Nobel from Grey Eye Glances
(review. Unlike most singer
songwriter albums of the day, there is no multi-tracking; the
listener is treated to Shannon's lead vocal exclusively.
Shannon's voice is sweet and crystalline; songs are sensually
sung over light arrangements with vocals mixed way up. Gently
rocking tunes compliment the ballads that form the majority of
the album. "Beach" is a lovely ballad with an arrangement that
builds as the song progresses featuring strings and electric
guitar underscoring Shannon's soaring vocals. The softly rocking
"Catch Me" is one of the most Grey Eye Glances-style tracks on
the album with a catchy chorus.
"Imagine That" is a darker ballad with organ and light percussion
providing a backdrop for the sensitively sung vocal line. Violin and
cello are the main accompaniment for a lovely ballad "Lunar Eclipse"
which effectively blends dark with bright spots to acoustically
illustrate the song's lyrics; vocals are bright throughout, soaring
above the arrangement. The soft rock tunes "Shannon Falls" and "Day
and Age" are the album's standout tracks; guitar and piano provide a
lovely texture for Shannon's sensitively sung vocals.
The album concludes with "Stop," a lovely pop-oriented piece of
electronica full of lush keyboards sharply contrasting the other
tunes on the album and demonstrating the artist's range. Certainly
worth a journey, Nature About You is a wonderful introduction
to Shannon Weir and a very nice listen!