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Written by Kevin Webber, posted by blog admin
“Bright Yellow Shoes” opens and closes the disc with a perfect way in and out, surrounded by some peaks and valleys. The opening version gets the whole vibe going and there is nothing substandard to follow. If “High” is not your glass of wine, then there is always the following “Run Away” which I find to be the best track. Opinions vary but for my money it flows better than the rest, but they are all not far behind. This can be said about any of them, but that is my call’s perception. I find it the most epic songwriting effort and delivery.
“Perfect” is another title worth mention, as it gets deeper, with a spot from Danny Matos, and he nails it spot on. This track, along with the opener and the former are worth the price alone but if I had to mention the lowest point for me it would be “Hello, Goodbye.” But even that track has compelling elements to be fair. The disc rides along with the songs featuring not only great vocals but tons of fine playing too. It’s just worth giving them all a take for what they’re worth. Maybe your highs and lows will land in different places. It’s all good either way, and it’s only her first of what will be many paving stones.
“Bright Yellow Shoes (Full Band Version)” is a slinky and softer version, but plays more off the former of the same title. It serves to get what you’ve already heard, more inside your head, and it works. Samantha Leon has much going on and if you like older soft rock artists kicked up by more contemporary artists like Adele, you’ll get it. There’s a lot to enjoy on this debut, and even though some of it contains strong language, it’s done in the best taste possible. If it is something that stays with her as she rises, that is yet to be heard. But it doesn’t take away from all the other qualities on often including the melancholy closer with some fine guitar called “Glad/Sober.” It comes recommended for that too.