First Album Fridays: Tara Drouin Silver Lining

American musician Tara Drouin has released her first album entitled Silver Lining. The themes are love and life.

The music is Rock. The compositions are beautiful and rich. There’s a 70s feel to the album, such as the pieces Happiness and I’m Grateful. The song The Sweet parallels George Harrison’s famous hit Here Comes The Sun (in the beginning), then parallels the style of two pieces: Sweet Surrender by Sarah McLachlan and Dreams by The Cranberries. The tune Need to Breathe reminds me of Alanis Morrisette’s songs from the 90s, including her famous single Ironic. The musical styles are phenomenal blends of the 70s, 90s and contemporary beats – the sound is catchy and dynamic. Surrender reminds me of Elton John’s Amoreena and The Mamas and the Papas’ the 70s hit California Dreamin’. It’s also similar to Sheryl Crow’s Soak Up the Sun. Winter parallels Cyndi Lauper’s 80s single  Time after timeMeant to Be has a rhythm that’s similar to Tiny Dancer. It’s impressive the mix of musical styles. The album has incredible intricacy in the music and tones. 

Tara Drouin’s voice is rich and soulful. She sings with incredible grace and depth. Her vocal style reminds me of Norah Jones, Alanis Morrissette, Gwen Stefani, and others. She has a remarkable vocal range.

The lyrics are dynamic and diverse in subjects. The songs are rich in poetry, written with heart and soul. Throughout the album, there’s exceptional freestyle poetry. Happiness has a subject matter that reminds me of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yello Taxi about happiness and appreciating what one has. The song  I’m grateful also covers the same but with a more looking inward kind of perspective. Need to Breathe is a lovely romantic tune about love and joy, with words from the heart. Meant to Be is also a romantic song with genuine vulnerability and love. The songs are well-written, with remarkable language and depth.

The album Silver Lining is available.

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