Seasonal Shannon (Music Thoughts: Songs of Joy & Peace, Shannon Gaye)

gialb01818183_largeShannon Gaye grew up and lives in the Vancouver area and her middle name ‘Gaye’ was named from Marvin Gaye. While I wouldn’t really describe her new Christmas album as R &b tinged like, I did sense a bluesy vibe in her version of ‘Merry Christmas Baby.’ Otherwise, her Holiday album is familiar, in a pop-rock vein. I read in her website that she plays drums so there is a little bit of energy here. She is also a Singer-Songwriter so she has included two of he originals here. They sound pretty generic to me. The best track is the Vince Guaraldi ‘Christmas Time Is Here’ but otherwise this is all just a little too generic for me. And curiously, she titled her album with a verse from Joni Mitchell’s ‘The River,’ but does not sing that song. I mean, it’s not a Christmas song anyway, but still…

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