Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review -- SHE WAS A BOY -- Yael Naim & David Donatien

SHE WAS A BOY
Yael Naim & David Donatien
Indie
7-out-of-10

Yael Naim and David Donatien are from France, although fear not She Was A Boy is in English, and yes that surprised me a little too.
Yael Naim has a beautiful, sort of natural, relaxed, vocal style. It really comes across as effortless, yet satisfying on the title cut, although on every song she does a nice, almost sweet job.
The music is acoustic folk-pop, and in that vein the lyrics are often life and circumstance reflective.
Since the genre is rather broad it is not a surprise, or out of place that a song such as Never Change is actually quite bluesy.
Naim is the creative force behind the CD too, have composed and written every cut except Go to the River, where Donatien takes the writing lead. Donatien's work is one of the most solidly pop efforts on the CD.
That said Stupid Goal is fully pop too.
In general terms this is a bit more to the pop side of things than I generally like, although Naim's vocal style does soften that a bit.
A bit of an acquired taste, yet one worth giving a listen to. Check Naim out at www.yaelweb.com , and go from there.
CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper May 4, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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