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CD REVIEW: Delaney Gibson - The Worst Kind of Way
By Don Sechelski - 10/28/2008 - 09:31 PM EDT

Artist: Band:Delaney Gibson
Album: The Worst Kind of Way
Genre: A mix of country, pop, & adult contemporary
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: I'm Alive, I Think I Have OCD
CD Review:

Delaney Gibson's new CD, The Worst Kind of Way features some top level talent at its best. Gibson is an outstanding vocalist, a winner of awards around the world. Her voice is indescribably expressive and rich with a range that goes from throaty growl to sublime soaring ecstasy. Add to that her sizeable talent as a songwriter and you've got the beginnings of a great album. Now bring in LA's most in-demand studio guitarist, Andrew Synowiec, and pedal steel guru, Jesse Siebenberg to co-produce and you've got magic.

On the first cut, I'm Alive is a joyful, painful expression of survival. She plays piano and sings,

"I'm alive, I'm alive

For once in my life I can feel the rain

I can heal the pain

Through the tears I cry I can touch the sky"

The title cut, The Worst Kind of Way, features Gibson playing a quirky banjo while singing of torch song of lust and desire. And it works. My favorite cut, I Think I Have OCD, is a witty look at neurosis and love. Siebenberg's pedal steel is perfect, as usual, and Gibson's vocal is endearingly vulnerable. Throughout the CD, Synowiec's guitars and Siebenberg's assortment of dobros, lap steels and keyboards meld perfectly with a solid LA rhythm section to provide Gibson a musical backdrop to work her vocal magic.

The Worst Kind of Way is a solid effort with a lot of commercial potential. Delany Gibson is a force to be reckoned with. I expect we'll be hearing from her for a time to come.

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