Sunday, February 17, 2013

CD Review: Amanda Brecker Channels Carole King On "Blossom"

Singer/songwriter Amanda Brecker will be releasing her new album, “Blossom” on February 26 through Decca records. The album pays homage to Carole King and James Taylor and  also commemorates the 40thanniversary of King’s album “Tapestry.” The new album was produced by Jesse Harris (Norah Jones) and features some of the original artists that performed on the original “Tapestry” album.
 
Brecker's album begins with the gentleness of the title-song as Brecker’s vocals breathe new life into these recordings. Brecker’s vocals on “So Far Away” and “It’s Too Late” are sweet and gentle, but fall a little short when compared to the originals. Amanda does a better job with the James Taylor originals “Sweet Baby James” and “You’ve Got A Friend.” She makes these songs as appealing as the originals by pouring her all into these recordings. The album closes with an original composition, “You Were Mine,” which fits in with the rest of the album perfectly. While it’s not always easy to re-record such classics, Amanda does it with her sweet voice that gives these songs a warm feeling of comfort, which is what James Taylor and Carole King were known for.
 
Amanda Brecker has a couple of dates lined-up at the moment, including a CD-Release party on February 26 at the Rockwood Stage in New York. To find out more about Amanda’s new album, “Blossom” and for more live shows, please visit amandabrecker.com.

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