Thursday, October 11, 2012

CD Review: Amanda Ply's 'Runaway'

Amanda Ply
Tubby Tunes Music

California-based, singer-songwriter, Amanda Ply, brings us an exciting five-track release of soulful, pop-focused, and jazzy songs with a human element that is achingly-beautiful at the very least. Amanda plays the piano and sings, but is joined on drums by Justin Tice, Trevor Martin on bass, Paul Tokarz on guitar, and Ashley Hill on background vocals. The staccato beats of "Like That," suggests a throwback to R&B soul with a little Moulin Rouge! flamboyance. "Messy Little Piece of Beautiful" adds another layer of R&B pop with a rootsy, bluesy rhythmic balance. "I Secretly" is a ballad of pure beauty with vocals reminiscent of Jenn Summers or Colbie Caillat. The soft melody is easy-going and melodic. "A Lovin' That Heals" is almost a Southern gospel ballad with heartwarming vocals and a strong piano presence. "Let's Just Fall In Love" is a Michelle Branch-esque pop-driven ballad with guitars, piano, and percussion. All the songs are catchy and memorable. This should be a runaway hit with pop charts everywhere. ~ Matthew Forss

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