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Reviews: Sean Wiggins ~ Everyday Life
Posted on Saturday, January 07, 2006 @ 10:29:04 UTC
Topic: Reviews


Artist:
Sean Wiggins

CD: Everyday Life

Home: Los Angeles

Style: Country/Blues/Rock

Quote: "Her music's rough edges and down-home sensibilities give her work the feel of a close friend just kicking back, having fun, and letting it rip."

By A.J. Van Beest

There's a little bit of quantum strangeness surrounding Sean Wiggins's latest album Everyday Life. Every time I play it, it gets louder. Before we go any further, you need to know this about me: I've not been a big country music fan. I'm much more comfortable with the intellectualism of jazz or the clear-minded mantras of electronica. But - and I've always maintained that there's nothing quite like a well-placed "but" - that just changed. I still probably wouldn't cross the street to step on a flaming ten-gallon hat, but I'd travel a good seven or eight hours through driving snow to catch a Sean Wiggins show.

You see, Sean's music is honest. There are no pretensions in her lyrics; nothing fake about the power and beauty of her voice. She calls things the way she sees them, and that is both rare and golden. Everytime she sings, Sean seems to open a doorway straight to her heart and lets out whatever's in there. Her music's rough edges and down-home sensibilities give her work the feel of a close friend just kicking back, having fun, and letting it rip without any self consciousness. Sean's included a little of everything on this album; from a beautiful, soft questioning of fate, to a rollicking reckoning with last night's antics, to a dark, pounding, insistent inspection of her hard times, she covers a lot of emotional and musical ground.

Sean and "The Band," her trio of talented backing musicians, switch effortlessly from Country to Blues to Rock and Roll, tastefully mixing tempos, as well. I'll let Sean's writing speak for itself:

Walk down to the cemetery
When my old man gets a little rough
It's a lot less scary
No one there to bother me
I listen to the stones
And share their memories

Thunderclouds are looming over head
Preparing for a summer rain
Tear off my socks, my hat, my shoes
And I hope that it won't be in vain

It seems to me that Sean's decided to sing her heart's truth on Everyday Life. With that passion melded to her life experience, Wiggins has created a truly remarkable album that ought to be on the shelf of anyone who's looking for vibrant, heartfelt music.

Buy CD http://www.seanwiggins.com












 
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