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Maybe there is something in the water over in Manitoba because Sheena Grobb, also up for the WCMA Best Pop Recording, is another gal with a simply pretty voice.
Lyrically, and stylistically, Grobb is more 'pop rock' oriented than Schroeder, but no less accomplished because of it.
Grobb has some sweet musical sequences here with a line up of instrumentation which includes a true orchestral sound thanks to violin, viola and cello on the song Character, arguably the best song here, although that is a close call with the song Good Reason. The CD includes an alternate version of Character, which quite frankly I would have left off in favour of one more original piece, and that is the one little disappointment here (there goes a half point).
However, on the very next song Clean and Discreetly the opening strains include hand drum, and an acoustic guitar is intertwined nicely.
As a song writer, Grobb shows a lot on this her first album. One can only imagine how good this gal will become.
When it comes to voice, Grobb has nice range, hitting some of the high spots on the before mentioned, Clean and Discreetly.
There are only eight songs here, but Grobb likes the longer efforts and you still get a superb package of music thanks to cuts such as Head On, Confession and Back Row.
As this is Grobb's first CD it is definitely one to grab since it could be the launch of a rather fantastic career. Check her out at www.sheenagrobb.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 17, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada