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Muted Guitars No Suspicions Average all around,
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This review is from: Fast Lane Addiction (Audio CD)
It was back on the 27th September 2000 that I reviewed the pretty decent debut CD from Shannon Curfman. I went back to that review after listening to Fast Lane Addiction a couple of times.I was disappointed and wanted to make sure this was the same rising star I had heard on Loud Guitars Big Suspicions belting out some half decent rock and blues influenced songs.
After nearly 10 years, the second CD appears,promising the perspective of a young woman in her twenties, with moere experience of life than the 13 year old and her interpretation of rock and bluesy soul. When I listened to the entire CD I found it flat,formulaic and predictable, even commerical (in the ordinary way).The title track offered something for me, being sought of gritty but then it went on to "Do Me" and it lost me.This CD has Ms Curfmann trying initially to be a tough rock chick from south of the Mason Dixon line with so much attitude that the guitar chops and the talent of Loud Guitars.. is lost in translation somewhere.
The CD for some reason softens to a wimper, with the guitar merely mixing into the background and the song selection providing lyrics that are anything but stand out.Except for a few songs that give up some life, this CD dwells in the limbo zone of certainly not bad enough to be banished to the bargain bins but by the same token giving nothing but a standard, pitched for pleasant popular appeal with some rock overtones.
I was looking for some development over the ten years.As she is in the continental US I have not had the benefit of seeing her live, although I have watched her on You Tube.The live performances are great and she had a half decent voice, but that energy is not reflected in this CD. I believe that she can deliver a lot more than this safe and disappointing effort.
I happily await the third instalment from Ms Curfman to see if this was merely a glitch in her development.