Thursday, March 27, 2008

Review -- SUZIE MCNEIL -- Broken & Beautifil

BROKEN & BEAUTIFUL
Suzie McNeil
Curve Music
9-out-of-10
This is a gal on her way to bigger and better things. Suzie McNeil has one of those big, powerful voices that rings so wonderfully pure that you have to be a fan.
On this CD McNeil also offers up music that sits in that increasingly popular shadow world between pop, and what passes for country today. Songs such as Believe, which has already earned McNeil a lot of attention, could quite easily play on radio of both formats, almost without changing a chord from the recorded version. Believe has been featured on network TV episodes including The Biggest Loser, Beauty & The Geek, The Hills, and Oprah Winfrey’s The Big Give.
The strong lead cut Lonely (Are You Coming Home?) is the same way.
There are times though where McNeil falls more completely in the pop/rock vein, like the powerful, yet bouncy Hung Up.
McNeil is starting to get the recognition you will recognize she deserves once you listen to this CD. Suzie was nominated for a Canadian Radio Music Award, was a featured performer at this year’s Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Awards, and was awarded The Canadian Independent Music award’s for Favourite Pop Artist/Group of the Year.
So where did McNeil emerge from?
Originally from Toronto, at the end of summer 2005, she was the last woman standing on CBS television's reality series Rockstar:INXS. She is featured singing duets on INXS’ 2005 release SWITCH.
As for material this CD is packed with hit songs. Skin, Too, Low and Poison are all great cuts to go with the aforementioned singles.
Jump on this one folks, this girl should go far. A great debut effort. Check it out at www.suziemcneil.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar. 26, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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