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CD REVIEW: Shannie - The Station
By Ivan Nossa - 03/06/2011 - 08:50 AM EST

Artist: Shannie
Album: The Station
Website: http://shannieband.com
Genre: Country/Folk
Sounds Like: Patsy Cline, Emmilou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Jose Feliciano
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Within your heart, Missing you
CD Review: Shan Kowert and Annie Acton formed a duo back in 2005 and from the union of their name came the mystic band name of Shannie. After their debut cd in 2007, which received a nomination for Vocal Duo at the 2008 Texas Music Awards, they are now ready with a new album called “The station”. The production has been in the hands of John Inmon a well know producer and guitarist who poured his heart and creativity into this work.

The sound of this 12 tracks cd is mainly acoustic and the queen of the scene is a 12 string acoustic guitar which paints the songs with grace and charm. Their style is folk with influences from country and pop music. The voice of Annie is clean and smooth, with a strong feeling of intimacy and passion. She sings every tune with a personal style made of caresses and hot kisses. It is a pleasure listening to her singing track by track. One track is sung by Shan who also demonstrates to be an excellent singer.

The mood is romantic, there is a strong Latin influence in the writing of the songs. One track is in Spanish and Ann sings it beautifully. But there are also influences from the north, from the Celtic tradition. The lyrics and the atmospheres often become introspective and delicate. The only weakness in my ears is the sound of the album that I would have loved to be clearer. It is not a big issue anyway.

This is one of those groups that you never get tired of listening to. I have played their cd many times and this does not happen very often. It is probably the perfect blend of Shan guitar and Anne voice that make the experience very pleasant.




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