Tuesday, February 27, 2018
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: RACHEL BECK - RACHEL BECK
Rachel Beck has connected with CBC Radio 2 listeners with Reckless Heart, the lead track off her new, seven-track EP, with the song currently sitting at #4 on the Top 20 chart. That's quite a transition and achievement for the P.E.I. singer-songwriter, who usually records and performs with her sister Amy as the folk-based Beck Sisters.
For this set, she teamed up with Halifax producer Daniel Ledwell, who brought in his signature pop-smart layering and ambiance, providing a rich field for Beck's heart-tugging vocals. But wisely, there's not too much Ledwell; the base of each song, Beck's tender lyrics and piano melodies are still there. Except perhaps closer This Little Light, which gets a chain gang feel thanks to sister Amy's banjitar, and an ultra-modern arrangement for what started out a simpler folk tune no doubt. Anyway, the point is the team kept the emotion and sensitivity of the songs in full focus, which is no doubt what's hitting home with a country full of listeners discovering Beck's solo debut.