I was not familiar with Sheli Stevens until the disk arrived and went into the player.
I must say from the opening cut; Still the One, Stevens vocals caught my attention. There are some voices which simply put are easy to listen too, and I have to say Stevens’ is one of those.
That’s a good thing, since she really holds your ear through the 11 songs here.
Certainly some songs catch your attention more. In particular Where Does It Go? struck me. It has a catchy hook, the song title, and you are quickly part of the performance.
Stevens is a pop performer, although really pop today means something of a melting pot-style music.
As an example Lucky Man could be on country radio with about two pen strokes to change a note here and there.
There are also definite elements of jazz, or show tunes here too. That isn’t bad, it’s just what pop is these days.
As a pop effort Come Home has a lot of songs with catchy melodies. That too is sort of a foundation of the genre.
So it takes about one spin for you to be singing along with songs such as Too Late. That immediate familiarity is generally a good thing. When a song has a hook which gets the listener involved, it creates a connection, and music should connect to the listener.
When you take hook-laden songs and a voice that is a joy to listen too, you pretty much have a winning pop effort, and Sheli Stevens has both.
There might not be a song here that will be remembered a year from now, another trend in pop, but for the time you spin it, you will enjoy it.
In the terms of pop, this is good pop.
Check out the CD at www.shelistevens.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 10, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada