CD REVIEW: Lynn Schriner - Amazed
By Cyrus Rhodes - 12/17/2012 - 02:51 PM EST
Artist: Lynn Schriner
Label: Tate Music Group
Genre: A mix of country, pop, & adult contemporary
Sounds Like: Sara McLaughlin, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler, even Alannah Myles
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Dance, I’m OK, Counting on You
Weakness: Short Sided CD
Denver, Colorado based Lynn Schriner is an established Singer-Songwriter who just released her latest CD entitled Amazed in 2012.There’s a few lines from her bio that really hit home: If suffering brings depth to an artists music then Lynn Schriners music is deep. She has fought thru more in her life than most soap opera characters. Her music reflects her pain, but it also soars with hope and that's what makes her so compelling to listen to and to watch. Lynn started singing in college and went on to sign with Lon Von Eaton who worked and recorded at Abbey Road records. She was a talk show Host on Cable and toured Europe as the Lead singer of Dame. She toured with the USO and entertained the troops overseas. State Fairs and mega churches became her stages. Currently she has been featured on artist spotlights for KLLT, Countrydivas radio (with Lorrie Morgan) she placed 8th in the world (with a field of 8000!) for Writers Digest. As a singer/songwriter and keynote speaker she uses her voice to help support the under dog. Her latest CD Amazed has helped her fund the 10th water well in Africa and feed 4000 children thru her foundation Damascus/dr lynn and the orphans. http://www.lynnschriner.com/ and http://www.musicfororphansproject.com/
The CD gently takes flight with “I’m OK” an upbeat intro piece that serves up inviting vocal groove against driving rock rhythm, impressive vocal harmonies and well placed strings and fiddle accents. Track 2 “Here I Am” presents a slow moving follow-up piece that serves up a methodical musical build against passionate piano, compelling lyrical content and heartfelt vocal delivery from Schriner. Track 3 “River High” delivers another solitary piece with hypnotic vocals, impressive sonic vibe that flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. The production quality is impressive and the musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Besides the 4 piece standard I can also hear impressive guitar solos, slide guitar, Mandolin, piano, keyboard, string and organ accents, well placed vocal harmonies, all built upon a think as brick rhythm section. Now turning our attention over to Schriner, as for her vocal abilities her vocal style is cut from the same cloth of Sara McLaughlin, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler, and even Alannah Myles. It definitely works well within the confines of this Americana-Pop catalogue. Schriner possesses a consistant vibrato, mezzo-soprano vocal presence and clearly showcases a strong and confident vocal ability. I especially like how her voice just sort of flows and ebbs melodically with the music. This is an amazing quality that not many artists can execute. This X-Factor clearly makes Schriner a marquee talent as she bring many impressive atributes to the table - not just her voice and songwriting skills. No doubt she has solid musical instincts behind the microphone. All Engineering aspects (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) all check out delivering crystal clear high end clarity and solid low end frequencies. This CD from Schriner delivers 10 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are positive, passionate and extremely captivating. From rocking “Counting on You” to upbeat One Act of Kindness” to heartfelt “Dancing” and Come to the Fire” to gripping “Dance” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “Longest Goodbye” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
Not sure what the title has to do with the overall album concept. The 9 song line up is maybe 2-3 songs short of being a Grand Slam full length release.
I like everything about Lynn Schriner. She's truly an infectious artist that possess a "Gold Standard" - look, sound, appeal, talent and vocal presence. She also is an impressive songwriter and has a strong spiritual center. From start to finish Amazed is an impressive collection of music. The music is warm and earthy, highly passionate, uplifting and very powerful. The pin drop moments are to die for. The songwriting is an interesting snapshot of music from a clairvoyant artist that has quite a lot to offer emotionally and spiritually. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is extremely consistent and fills the space with what I would describe as passionate musical exuberance.
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