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Review: Amanda Lamb, “We Dance We Run”

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Review: Amanda Lamb, “We Dance We Run”

“What’s great about the songs included on We Dance We Run is the warmth and sincerity of Lamb’s performance; her music is approachable and magnetic. And the poise she exhibits is reflective of the maturity of her songwriting.”

Artist: Amanda Lamb

EP: We Dance We Run

Genre: Pop / Country

RIYL: Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Emmylou Harris

Amanda Lamb We Dance We Run

When you think Orange County, California I’m sure the first thing that springs to mind is country music. No? Here’s a prime example of how modern country has evolved; it’s more a state of mind than about placement in the Nashville music mecca. It turns out, however, that the open-minded Nashville spirit is embodied in young country artist Amanda Lamb’s music. With the release of We Dance We Run, this young country songstress shares her soulful blend of pop country with an open heart.

Lamb writes and performs more in the vein of Taylor Swift than traditional country artists, bringing a super catchy songwriting spirit that focuses on melody and earnestness that’s relatable to a wide audience beyond the country world. But rest assured, Lamb leans more toward storyteller than pop star. Her vocal work is nuanced and accomplished, and her technical ability is well-matched with her songwriting style. While there’s nothing overly-provocative going on here, there’s something to be said for having a solid base to jump off from. And Lamb strikes me as a songwriter who has a lot more to offer as she continues to grow as an artist. She has great potential, so watching her stretch herself vocally and lyrically will be the next step in her creative growth.

“Barefoot” is an uber-catchy lead-in to this four song effort. There are some really nice textures happening with both Lamb’s vocals and the underlying instrumentation. This track feels like a lighter touch than what’s to come, with “Marionette” capitalizing on Lamb’s strong alto tone. This is really the sweet spot for her vocally, and it adds so much character and depth to the song. “Edge of Midnight” continues down this road with a vocal that exudes a Kelly Clarkson-esque quality and a little more welcome grit. And not to be outdone, I truly enjoyed the stripped-down quality of “See Through Heart,” a song that really lets Lamb shine and emote.

What’s great about the songs included on We Dance We Run is the warmth and sincerity of Lamb’s performance; her music is approachable and magnetic. And the poise she exhibits is reflective of the maturity of her songwriting. It’s charming and engaging, and We Dance We Run is a great example of the direction modern pop country can take with a talented artist like Lamb.


Amanda Lamb: http://amandalambmusic.com/

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