Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review -- JACQUIE DREW -- Red Hot Candy Heart

Jacquie Drew

Born in Nova Scotia Jacquie Drew moved west with her family at a young age where she took classical piano and grew into a career in not surprisingly country music given her new home in Calgary.
The Rolling Wind was Drew's debut disk back in 2008, and now Red Hot Candy Heart arrives on the scene.
It is interesting how some songs remind of others. Drew's Cowgirl That I Am is country, but I am reminded of Sonny & Cher's I've Got You Babe. Yep a strange connection, but there is something of the old TV show hit in the country song.
So how is the overall package of Red Hot Candy Heart?
With the title I had expected more of a southern, roadhouse-style country, but this is a rather mellow country effort. Stylistically Drew has a bit of a Crystal Gayle-thing going on. She doesn't exactly blow you away the way Gayle repeatedly did, but there are aspects of their vocals they hold in common.
There are times Drew goes in a bit of a different direction. Neither Would I is a song with a hint of jazz, and much closer to the pop line than the rest of the effort. In that regard it may be the most "marketable" song here, although in terms of country it is a bit of the square peg in a round hole too.
Cleaning Lady is a heavily jazz influenced cut, and that is good, or bad, depending on your country vision.
Generally Drew is solid, although she lacks the 'wow-factor'. The material and her voice are both fine, although remembering it a week from now may not be easy.
Check her out at www.jacquiedrew.com
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Mar 9, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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