Bluesy, funky, and smooth. That is the best way to describe the voice and mood on Dawn Catron’s release, Nightbird. The album consists of covers or songs written for Catron. All of the songs on the release take on a new life through the funk laden grooves added to the music. Catron definitely adds some flavor to these older songs, but at the same times loses some of the integrity of the tracks, it’s a trade-off only the listener can decide is worth it.
The album opens with a funked out version of the Beatles’ ‘Come Together.’ I found this song delightful and fun. Catron’s vocals are smooth and flow well with the music. Her voice is so smooth that it can loose you sometimes due to absence of an edge.
The album is full of surprises and interesting takes on older songs. The bluesy versions of Stephen Stills’ ‘For What It's Worth’ is definitely one of the more intriguing tracks on the record. The cover of John Hiatt’s ‘Have A Little Faith’ is a perfect complement to Catron’s voice.
In the end we are left with an interesting take on some older songs and some songs most of us will be unfamiliar with, but still flow well. This album will be something you’ll listen to when you’re looking for a way to unwind, but don’t expect it to stick in your rotation. Hopefully with some originals Catron will be able to kick it up a notch and make it all come together.
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