Saturday, November 12, 2011

Album Review: Chesapeake

Title:  Chesapeake (Amazon, iTunes, AllMusic)

Rachael Yamagata is one of many modern female singer-songwriters that flirts between the lines of indie pop, pop, country, and folk, with hints of the blues and jazz thrown in for good measure.  Yamagata's strength is in her voice, which is smooth and sultry and moves effortlessly from style to style (and at times reminds me of Kelly Clarkson, which is a good thing).  The record moves from indie quirk to potential mainstream hits.  Case in point, songs on Chesapeake like "You Won't Let Me" would fit in perfectly in 98.9 KISS FM's playlist, while songs like "Even If I Don't" would fit perfectly in playlists next to artists like Kate Nash, Eliza Doolittle, and Lily Allen, and "The Way It Seems to Go" would go perfectly next to one of Bonnie Raitt's hits.   

Overall Chesapeake is a very strong showing from an obviously talented artist.  

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