Sarah Kervin – Passing Through


Sarah Kervin – Passing Through (CD)
Genera: Pop, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

by Heather Savage edited by Devin McAlister

“Passing Through” by Sarah Kervin (2012) has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: Kervin’s impressive band delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Kervin’s sultry voice is the perfect fit for this writing style. Kervin has the attributes required of an effective Singer/Songwriter. Third: Kervin’s sound and amazing songwriting touch are as good as it gets. All songs are a skillful combination of modern pop rock yet with a slight New York aftertaste that will remind you of Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Marc Cohen, Paul Davis and Harry Connick Jr. to Nora Jones. Kervin has the creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous behind the mic. There’s also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the mundane pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about Sarah Kervin. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own and vocal passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this 10 song catalogue truly is. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. I’ve always said if you can play it a party, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable – with a fresh Jazz-Pop-Rock sound that is passionate and entertaining. All 10 tracks will genuinely lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.

Let me go on record by saying this latest release from Sarah Kervin has no real notable weaknesses that I can hear. Her latest release “Passing Through” is an endearing album limited by nothing. I would imagine in time we will hear more from this vocalist from Brooklyn as the years unfold. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one artist that is set up for marketable success down the road with respect to her vocal style and approach. All of this gives modern day Pop well deserved wake up call.

Official Rating 8.5/10 stars

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