Good morning, my Roadlings! Happy Valentine’s Day! 🙂
I’m doing something different today — reviewing a music CD!
I’ve been curious to try Brittany Jean’s music for awhile, so when I heard about her new album and a chance to review it, I decided to go for it. I’m so glad I did!
Wander With Me is a collection of Americana songs. There are nine original songs by singer/songwriter Brittany Jean — she’s so talented! — and two cover songs (of John Denver’s Wild Flowers in a Mason Jar, and Bob Dylan’s Forever Young) which are quite well done.
It’s like summer and sunshine and the dust of a country road, and heartbreak and laughter and life, and love and smiles and wandering.
My favorite songs are Smoke and Mirrors (haunting), Wander With Me (charming), and one gorgeous part of Rise and Fall (inspiring). I’ve been going around with lines from those three running through my head for a couple of weeks now and it’s fantastic. 😀 I know I’ve found some new favorites to listen to again and again!
Dear Heart, Like No Tomorrow, and Forever Young, were also lovely. I enjoyed the others too, even if they’re not top favorites. There are always a few that just click best with me. 🙂 But there’s something for everyone, I think!
The instrumentation/style is unlike what I usually listen to (being mostly a Celtic music person with a side of Christian pop/rock) but it was actually neat to try something new for a change.
Brittany’s voice fills all the songs with a sort of down-to-earth, light enchantment. There’s so much spirit and warmth to her singing! And you can just tell the whole thing — the music, the singing, the words, and even the pretty packaging of the CD — is infused with love and care. 🙂
I’ve heard the album a few times and it’s been nice having something different to listen to. The songs feel much more summer-y and it’s a little like some sunshine during this cold time of year. It feels like you should listen to them driving down a dusty country road with the window open and a warm summer breeze in your hair… Or, well, doing dishes works too, and it’s a nice accompaniment to otherwise mundane life chores, I’ve found. 😉 Everything’s more fun with a friend, and that’s how I felt listening to this CD.
Anyway, although not all of it was my usual cup of tea, it’s lovely music and I’m so glad I decided to try it out. 🙂 If you’re curious, I do recommend giving it a listen, particularly the title track (Wander With Me) and Smoke and Mirrors. If you like what you hear, check out the rest of the album! Won’t you wander with us?
“We rise / We fall / We climb / We stall / We lose / We win and then begin again /
We overcome / We come undone / We give it all…”
— Brittany Jean, “Rise and Fall” from “Wander With Me”
With thanks to the artist for the free copy of this CD.
You can visit Brittany Jean online at www.bjeanmusic.com or in these places:
Well, readers — or should I say listeners? — what do you think? What sort of music do you love? Let me know in the comments! 🙂