(01 April 2000) Tara McLean's debut album Silence (Nettwerk
(Canada) 0 6700 30106 2 7, 1996) was recorded when the artist was in her
early 20s. Like her most recent release
(review), the album is comprised of
adult alternative vocally-laced tracks featuring the sensitive and
evocative work of this very attractive young woman.
Electronic and conventional instrumentation are used to back tracks
of varying styles. "Evidence" is a pop-oriented dance beat track with
sensitive soaring vocals mixed well above electronic instrumentation.
A slide guitar part on "Let Her Feel The Rain" elicits a slight country
atmosphere in anotherwise folky rock track with sensitive whispy vocals.
"That's Me" and "More" are two of the album's lovely ballads where Tara
MacLean clearly shines. "Silence" is a blues track sensuously sung
evocative track with vocals soaring above everso light instrumentation.
A sultry coffee house jazz atmosphere is the backdrop for the almost
spoken vocal track "Red." Tara's soaring vocals are spine-tingling and
completely illustrative of the power and range of this stunning artist.
"Holy Tears," "For You" and "In The Wings" are among the most sensitive of the
album's ballads sung with only the lighest instrumentation. "If You
Could" picks up the pace everso slightly with even sweeter vocals and
a lovely melody certain to please a wide ranging audience. The album's
final listed track is a lovely acoustic version of "Let Her Feel The Rain."
A bonus track that follows contains a string-based instrumental of the
Tara McLean's debut album is lighter and softer than her followup,
featuring a vast collection of sensuous and heartfelt ballads. The
package contains a lovely booklet with complete lyrics, production
credits and photographs of the artist.
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here. Worth further exploration and a journey, the album is a very