Nostalgic and dramatic
Shannon In Nashville is Shannon Shaw’s latest release, and it is the perfect mixture of emotion and dramatics, while really showcasing the talent of Shannon Shaw herself. The opening track, “Golden Flames,” is a nice way to start the album, especially in relation to Shaw’s standout vocals. The theatrics of the track matched with her outstanding vocals are completely encompassing.
“Bring Her The Mirror” is an almost haunting track due to the structure of the song. In the beginning, there is a hint of Stevie Nicks in the presentation of her vocal style. Due to the unique nature of this track, it is easily a standout, which is impressive being so early on the album.
Shaw has the type of voice that is not only unique, but one that you wouldn’t mind listening to on repeat. The song “Leather Metal Steel” is charming because it sounds very old-timey due to the backup vocals adding a doo-wop feel to the entire track. This is the type of song you play when you are on an open road, feeling like a free-spirited individual.
“Love I Can’t Explain” slows the album down a little, but continues to showcase just how talented Shaw is. The rasp in her voice really stands out in this specific track and is extremely beautiful, especially when paired with the backing music. While listening to it, the listener may feel like they are being transported to another time and place, but it is pretty easy to get lost in this track itself, so you can’t really blame them.
As the album progresses, it continues to hold that same nostalgic feeling that earlier tracks have presented. Along with the strength of Shaw’s vocals comes a certain level of lyricism that is definitely an attention-getter in each song on the album. The general talent of Shaw mixed with the lyricism and catchiness of the backing music overall makes for a strong album that is sure to be a summer classic.
The album wraps up on a more upbeat feel than it started with the song “Coal On The Fire.” While Shaw still has a somewhat dramatic sound to her vocals, the slightly different musical style featured on this track changes the entire feel of the song. Although this track is slightly different, it doesn’t change how strong of an album Shannon In Nashville is overall. For those needing a soundtrack for a summer road trip, look no further!