Lisa Redford – Reminders
May 28th, 2012 (Parrot Records)
Her latest release, “Clouds of Silver”, was filled with strong songs that were easy to connect to. With unique vocals that fill in a song with warmth, believability and a personal touch, she was able to connect to many people with her songs.
She’s back now with the release of a new EP called “Reminders”. It contains four songs that have that familiar Lisa Redford-feel with the rootsy, folky undertones that reflect the blend of influences from Britain and the US alike.
The opening track Reminders has well-written lyrics that are reflective in nature and the arrangement is in the same league as some of the R.E.M. classics. The arrangement assists the lyrics in telling the story by setting the mood and accentuating those parts of the story that bring out the quality of the song.
Summer on the L is a more lively track that seems to have some ‘westcoast’-influences (Fleetwood Mac for example?). The verses are solid and the melodic chorus gets in your head. This song would fit great in a commercial or TV show as it has a certain flavor to it.
Up next is the crown jewel on this new EP. Dreaming In Crowds is a real singer/songwriter song. It has depth, both in lyrics and arrangement and tells a heartfelt story in which everyone will recognize something. The way the verses turnover into the chorus are executed perfectly and Lisa Redford really personifies with the song. Sometimes she lets go but for the most part she holds back slightly to let the emotion build up in the song so that it has double the effect. One of those songs!
The EP’s final track is called So Many Words. It starts of a little slow but starts to pick up in pace and intensity as it continues. Vocally it’s not the strongest track on the release, but it’s filled with so much feeling that you will look past that.
“Reminders” is an EP with personal songs that can really speak to you. The lyrics are relatable and the arrangements are clever and never get in the way of the story or the message. They actually enrich the songs and make them better as a whole. In conclusion we can say that Lisa Redford presents us with another very good release that showcases her talent as a very special singer/songwriter with a very own and unique sound. The crossover between her British heritage and her American influences helps to accentuate her uniqueness in her vocals and songwriting. To make a long story short, “Reminders” is a very fine new release by Lisa Redford