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SHANA MORRISON – “JOYRIDE” Review

 

Review by Mike McKenna
PA Music Scene.com
September 2010

Words cannot describe Shana Morrison. She is a powerhouse of talent waiting to blast off! With a unique voice that has an awesome range, her pop-flavored music crosses many different genres including the Blues, R&B, Country, Jazz and Folk. The progeny of a rock legend, Van Morrison, she has created her own unique sound that blends her influences together into one neat package that rival some of the greats .

“Joyride” is wrapped in one neat little package where production is tight, creativity rules and where the true sound comes through. “Blue Angel” is a simple ditty that comes from her heart. The laid–back strumming of the acoustic guitar along with the powdery back vocals give Shana’s presentation power as she pours out her message. “Making Love” has a R&B flavor that shows another side of this multi-talented artist. “One Less Monkey” is funky! The retro guitar riffs make this a cool tune. Shana’s vocals come alive in a ripping chorus.

“Good Enough for God” is beautiful. Shana’s vocals flow effortlessly with the piano. This would do well in a Christian format. “Heart Shaped Tattoo” is a kick-ass country flavored number with just the right touch of blues, a refreshing combo. I could see Wynonna having fun with this! “10,000 Things” has a great storyline about a young lady who wants it all. I would love to see this put to video.

“Means to Me” has a Taylor Swift feel to it which come direct from Shana’s heart. Moving, touching, this could be a smash! “Tomorrows Eve” is so cool. Shana’s strong vocals coupled with some clean rhythms and her amazing background singers make this a MUST LISTEN!

The title track “Joyride” does her justice. On this upbeat selection her vocal range is awesome! “Gone for Good” has Alanis Morissette written all over it the way she belts it out. With a nice funky backbeat, this song absolutely rocks!

“No More Mrs. Nice Girl” could be a HUGE country hit. WOW!! It had me jamming from start to finish. “He Won’t Send Me Roses” reminds me of some early Reba McIntyre. It’s a nice up-beat duet that makes one get up and dance. “I Am a Rose” has that nice R&B feel to it. Clean, precise vocals project Shana’s lyrics to another level.

Shana Morrison has an awesome set of pipes. Her talents are unlimited and mark my words, we are going to be hearing a lot from this lady in years to come.