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Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions

Shannon CurfmanAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 20, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00001NTQZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions by Shannon Curfman

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What is it about Fargo, North Dakota? The town that gave us Jonny Lang, young guitar-slinger of the 1990s, now presents Shannon Curfman... young guitar-slinger of the 1990s. Rereleased on Arista Records, Curfman's debut, Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions was recorded when the guitarist was only 13. But you'd never guess it by listening to her play; although her style doesn't have the distinctive stamp that will come with experience, she's more than competent. And her singing voice sounds like it belongs to someone twice her age. Though the comparisons to Bonnie Raitt may be a bit premature, Curfman's got just as much potential as any of the other young blues-rockers littering the landscape these days, if not more. It'll be most worthwhile to hear how she develops; Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions may well be the debut of the next queen of blues guitar. --Genevieve Williams

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top-notch debut! December 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's easy to call Shannon Curfman the female equivalent of such hot-shot guitar-slingers as Jonny Lang, especially since Lang not only appears on her debut Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions, he co-wrote a few songs with her as well. It is true that Curfman does play modern blues-rock that recall Lang's, but it's not a direct copy, it's simply informed by the same influences. She has her own voice, one that's a little bolder and gutsier than Lang's. Throughout the record, her singing is impassioned and the playing is fiery with blistering fretwork, a top-notch debut. She sings with more conviction and plays guitar with the tone and tastefulness of someone twice her age, but she's also a fine songwriter. Highlights include a self-penned blues strut, "Few and Far Between," in which she lets her voice range from sweet to gruff and the Allman Brothers-influenced "Love Me Like That". When she growls her way through "Playing With Fire," a gritty retelling of the classic "bluesman sells soul for unearthly ability" legend, you had to wonder whether she was singing from first-hand experience, connecting the lines between Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix. The Eric Clapton-like love ballad "If You Change Your Mind" is also very good. But her style is not flashy or self-indulgent. There's an economy to her brilliant but succinct runs around the fret board. In the sassy "I'm Coming Home." so eerily mature is her delivery that she can pull off the line "I'm headin' down the interstate, takin' back my real estate" without reminding you she's still a few years away from getting her driver's license. If you like the blues/rock of Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd, you'll LOVE this CD!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Smokes...Shannon Rocks. January 9, 2005
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Holy Smokes, Shannon Curfman rocks solid in this debut CD. I just took a flyer on this CD based on the coveted & mystical Amazon referral-recommendation system along with customer reviews. My favorite tracks are "Far and Few Between", "True Friends", and "I Don't Make Promises". She holds her own with ground with her rendidion of extremely familiar "The Weight" by The Band which as been done by more than one heavyweight in the music world including one of my favorite Aretha Franklin. Curfman's vocal are strong, bluesy, and mature.

If that wasn't enough, her guitar work is great. The accompanying session artists are top-shelf.

I am still playing tracks from this album regularly.

If you can pick up the CD for less than $10, it is an

"automatic buy" in my book. If Shannon Curfman was scheduled to play in my area, I would find the time to go to the show.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Carly
Format:Audio CD
Shannon Curfman doesn't have bleached blonde hair, she doesnt sing songs like "Candy" or "Genie in Bottle", she doesn't have all the "hot" dance moves so how does she pull it off? It's a little something called TALENT! Shannon sings from her soul, she makes your believe every song on her album, she co-wrote 7 songs on her CD and believe it or not, she plays an instrument. This is real music, whether her songs come from experience or not, she puts everything shes got in it. From the bluesy sounds of "No Riders" and "Few and Far Between" to the radio friendly ballads "I dont make promises I cant break" and "If you change your mind" to rockin' songs like "True Friends" and "Playing with Fire" to the two cover songs "The Weight" and "Hard to Make a Stand" Shannon covers it all! This is one of the most rounded albums I've ever listened to.
If you like the CD, you HAVE to see her live, she'll blow you away! She is sooooooo much better live plus she is a nice person!
Overall, this CD was worth every dollar!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Brock from Boston is very right December 4, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The sound Shannon puts forth on this CD is defititely not "pure blues". If that is what you are looking for and will only be happy hearing, this CD will be a disappointment to you. If, however, your musical tastes include a little wider range and include "blues rock", this album will probably become a cherished part of your music collection.
I have never heard a CD that managed to capture an artist's true vocal gifts, but this one comes pretty close. Shannon has an amazing range to her voice, and I'm not talking in terms of octaves. I'm talking in terms of emotion and texture. Sometimes she sounds angry, sometimes sad, sometimes gravelly and sometimes silky. She pulls them all off in a very convincing fashion.
The same goes for guitar work. This CD comes close to capturing the essence of what this virtuoso can do, but, like every other CD I have heard, falls short of what one hears live. I thoroughly enjoy the guitar work on this CD, but one has to see her live to truly be convinced that she is the real deal. Words are failing me now as I am attempting to describe the experience that is Shannon in concert.
Trust me on this one. If you like blues that is heavily flavored by rock, especially if you like expressive female vocalists, this is one CD you want to own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blues music
Great lyrics and what a voice. Good music to enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by Kenneth F. Walz
4.0 out of 5 stars Loud And Proud
There was quite a bit of buzz around Shannon Curfman and this 1999 release--and understandably so. It was a pretty solid debut, AND it was recorded when the singer was only 13... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gregor von Kallahann
5.0 out of 5 stars Please give this a listen - you might just LOVE it.
I bought this album on a whim, partly because one of the song titles intrigued me - I won't say which - and I wondered how the song would bear it out. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Robert C. Rettke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Just love her!
I heard Shannon on Bluesville one Saturday afternoon. I had never heard her before and wrote down the name of the CD so I could look it up later. Read more
Published on November 22, 2010 by denisezucc
4.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away
I just happened to catch her on the tour to promote this album, opening up for some other band - and I was blown away on how good she was then. Read more
Published on July 8, 2010 by T. OBrien
3.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
I didn't care for this version of "true friends", it wasn't what I wanted.This one sounded too doo-wop,
Published on February 14, 2010 by Cj Mcnaughton
5.0 out of 5 stars just fun and raw, but still keeps me interested
I first heard this CD in an old Circuit City and was blown away when I found out her age at the time; still is fun to get the CD out to listen to the guitar riffs
Published on April 4, 2009 by Place Your Orders
5.0 out of 5 stars Shannon
If you like raw guitar and fresh songs, she will do it for you. Dating myself, reminds me of a early Ann Wilson of Heart. You will not be disappointed.
Published on March 19, 2009 by Randall Grottke
1.0 out of 5 stars I Hate to do this to the kid, but....................
I've heard it, and I've seen her and she doesn't get it yet. Now it's a bit unfair to judge someone of such a tender age, but this girl is just not ready to be out there yet. Read more
Published on December 11, 2007 by Daniel M. Fidanze
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer Blues-Rock Guitarist with an Amazing Voice
Dakota-born blues-rocker Shannon Curfman is an extrordinarily talented musician as this, her debut album, will readily attest. Read more
Published on April 9, 2007 by Jimmy James
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