Prolific New Zealand singer/songwriter, Jamie McDell, releases a self titled album to add to her already well received musical catalogue.
Release date: 25th February
Label: ABC Country
Format: CD / Digital
Jamie’s crisp vocals and novel country sound are a refreshing addition to the country music scene. She stays just the right side of country rail tracks to please the traditional followers of country but she adds her own style to offer something different.
Whilst the song content deals with trials and tribulations of life and her personal outlook on dealing with them her exceptional distinctive voice and wide variety of guitar effects make this album a great listen. There isn’t a weak track and each track has its own individuality; some cheery, some confessional but all heartrendingly honest.
I can see why some may make a comparison with Stevie Nicks as some tracks have a Fleetwood Mac flavour and her sonorous voice does bear some similarities but as a whole the album is totally Jamie McDell as she puts her own refreshing slant on the country music genre.
From the opening bars of Dream Team we are enveloped in the warm country style sound but the fuzzy guitar work sets a different tone , more Pink Floyd than Floyd Cramer. This is what Jamie does well whether its foot tapping, sing long country or melancholic ballad either vocally or with guitar she adds her own element to create her own delicious sound.
Spotify’s New Music Friday, Chill Country, Fresh Finds Folk, Country Chill, Amazon’s Brand New Music, Apple’s Aussie Country and Australia’s ‘Rolling Stone have already shown their welcome appreciation of her excellent compositions. Gold album and best pop album recognition and a song featured on TV have earned her well deserved accolades.
This album has just shot up to the top of my regular listening list and deserves to receive similar recognition in the music world.