â€œFreedomâ€ is the first track on Fiona Joy Hawkinsâ€™ latest album, â€œBlue Dreamsâ€. The emotive piano work of Hawkins is immediately sown during â€œFreedomâ€, a track that dovetails nicely into â€œFeeling Sunshineâ€. â€œFeeling Sunshineâ€ has a quicker tempo that will get listenersâ€™ hearts beating as Hawkins attempts to emote through her piano. However, the strongest track on the early reaches of â€œBlue Dreamsâ€ has to be â€œFrom The Outsideâ€. The track rises and falls, as a whole panoply of emotions and feelings issue forth from nothing more than Hawkinsâ€™ piano. It is during â€œFrom The Outsideâ€ that Hawkins skill shines the brightest: while subsequent tracks like â€œStanding Wellâ€ do well in showing a dedicated character, it is this earlier track that shows Hawkinsâ€™ range as clear as day.
Each track brings something else for listeners to pick up on, whether it be hints of jazz, blues, world music, and even more contemporary pop and rock arrangements. Where artists like Ani, Tori, and Dar Williams need to pair their work with vocals and lyrics, Hawkinsâ€™ compositions all stand on their own. Hawkins imbues each of the tracks on â€œBlue Dreamsâ€ with an instrumental and narrative component, something unique that allows listeners to play the disc countless times without getting everything that she has placed into a simple three or four minute composition. Despite the fact that the album has a mind-bending total of twenty-two tracks, each composition on â€œBlue Dreamsâ€ shares a similar impressive quality that, unlike most albums by other artists, does not decrease as the quantity of songs increases.
â€œAzure Interludeâ€ is the penultimate track on â€œBlue Dreamsâ€, and it is strong because of how Hawkinsâ€™ piano interacts with the open spaces that are present. The darkness acts in an atmospheric way, providing a different canvas for which Hawkins can then paint on. â€œBlue Dreamsâ€ is another in a series of strong albums, and the tracks on the this album ensure that I will be picking up Hawkinsâ€™ next release, whenever she may end up releasing it. Where individuals may want to shy away from the release due to its instrumental nature, I exhort you to give it a listen and tell me that it does not surpass any smilar lyrical music that is out there.
Top Tracks: Sapphire Interlude, Samiteâ€™s Interlude
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