Thursday, September 24, 2015

CD REVIEW: Hold On: A Modern Tribute to the Music of Michael McLean


ABOUT THE CD

Eric Robertson, a popular producer in Provo, has brought together an impressive list of talented vocalists to sing on new, fresh productions of classic Michael McLean songs. The vocalists include some of the top names from the burgeoning Provo music scene, including Elaine Bradley, from Neon Trees, and Ryan Innes, one of the top contestants on NBC's The Voice. Eric grew up listening to Michael McLean songs and still feels a strong connection to them. This album is an effort to pay tribute to those songs and produce them in a way that will speak to a younger generation of LDS youth.

Track List

Hold On, the Light Will Come feat. Scott Shepard
Give a Little Bit of Yourself feat. Catherine Leavy
You're Not Alone feat. Andrew Langdon
Gentle feat. Drew Danburry
I Can't Do Everything feat. Brooke White of American Idol
Homeless feat. Ryan Innes of The Voice
You've Always Been There for Me feat. Elaine Bradley of Neon Trees
Share the Joy feat. Severin Bozung
Be the Joy feat. Eric Robertson
Promise of Light feat. Adam and Darcie Sanders
**Individual tracks available on iTunes.

REVIEW

I was a bit startled by the new arrangements of some of my old favorite Michael McClean songs.  But once I got used to it, I really liked it.  The jazzier feel to the music is bound to appeal to young listeners and a whole new generation.  While the changes aren't likely to appeal to everyone, I thoroughly enjoyed them.  I couldn't help singing along and tapping my foot. And the messages are as great as always.

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