Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Erin McKeon Asserts Her Independence

Erin McKeon
TVP Records
Five Scoops of Bosco

Reviewed by Allen Bacon, The Daily Bosco

One thing that nobody can accuse Erin McKeon of is being complacent or boring.

Over her first ten albums since 1999, she has moved gracefully through all styles of music. From folk, to pop, rock, jazz standards, swing,  and hybrids of all of the above.

In her upcoming album, the independently produced, Manifestra (Out on January 15) she comes full circle and incorporates a little of each style in each of the songs.

While she is backed by a tight and great band complete with horns and her own multi-instrument musical talents, the star here is her songwriting abilities.

McKeon has become one of the best writers in the business whether she is politicizing in songs like the hard-driven opening track "The Politician" or the song she wrote with Rachel Maddow "Baghdad To The Bayou" to the beautiful "Delight/Divide" and "The Proof" or the punchy "The Jailer".

Musically, her playful and fun side comes out in a song she duets with Ryan Montbleau called "Instant Classic" and the Dixieland inspired "That's What Happened".   "Baghdad To The Bayou" is even a bit boogie-woogie.

In Manifestra, it seems 2013 may be hearing it's first hit album.

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