Cheryl B. Engelhardt â€“ Craving The Second / 2007 Self / 12 Tracks / http://www.cbemusic.com /
2004 marked the first Cheryl Engelhardt album; â€œShoes Off and Runâ€ provided individuals with a sense of Engelhardtâ€™s pop-laced style. â€œCraving The Secondâ€ is so much more; â€œKeepâ€ uses a melody that could be created by a Scarecrow and Tinman with a set of vocals that touches upon all of the famous female singers, whether with be Amy Grant or Natalie Cole. â€œKeepâ€ showcases the vocal abilities of Engelhardt as much as it showcases the ability of Engelhardt to create a hook-laden chorus that will stick in listenersâ€™ minds for a long time.
The slower style present during â€œ16 Wallsâ€ shows that Engelhardt can take different paths with her music and still provide individuals with a capable and impressive sound. The eclectic sound of â€œ16 Wallsâ€ links bongos with a more traditional set of piano lines; Engelhardtâ€™s Morrisette-esque vocals here occupy the perfect middle ground, not even flinching when the rock-infused guitar/drum dynamic takes hold of the track. â€œDay Dreamerâ€ has a slower sound than either â€œKeepâ€ or â€œ16 Wallsâ€. This slower style speeds up for the chorus, but the track continues to showcase Engelhardtâ€™s quirky and always interesting vocal approach. â€œYou Want Toâ€ is another shift in the style approached by Engelhardt. A ska-laced sound is united with an Incubus type of rock to give a new canvas for Engelhardt; the resulting style is something utterly unique. While individuals may be able to tease out some linkage to the current type of female pop style (Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow), the linkage that Engelhardtâ€™s vocals and the instrumentation on the track have not previously been heard.
It will take a few listens to get a proper idea what Engelhardt is trying to do with â€œYou Want Toâ€, but Engelhardt will achieve fame because she continually pushes the envelope in a genre that many individuals felt was static. â€œWrapped Upâ€ has a â€œCornflake Girlâ€ opening to it, but Engelhardtâ€™s vocal style keeps the track from sounding derivative in any sense. Couple Engelhardtâ€™s vocals with the sixties percussion that filters through during the chorus, and individuals are given yet another reason why Engelhardt succeeds in reinventing the pop genre. The continual breaking with tradition, whether it be using different time signatures or staggered vocals, shows a musician that is comfortable with herself and confident in her own abilities. The success that each of the twelve tracks on â€œCraving The Secondâ€ achieve is further evidence for Engelhardtâ€™s ability.
Top Tracks: So Soon, Day Dreamer