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Ripen by Shawn McDonald

Cross Rhythms Rating: 9/10
CD: Album
Tags: Roots/Acoustic, CD, Album, Airplay, Recommended, Top Rated
Normal Dispatch Time: 1-5 days
The Seattle songsmith offers a finely crafted studio set which is already topping the charts in the USA.

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  1. 1. I Want To Be Ready
  2. 2. The Rider On The White Horse
  3. 3. Reason
  4. 4. I Am Nothing
  5. 5. Free
  6. 6. Ramblings Of A Beggar
  7. 7. My Salvation
  8. 8. Pour Out
  9. 9. Confess
  10. 10. Home
  11. 11. Take Hold
  12. 12. Perfectly Dark
  13. 13. Imago
  14. 14. A Little More
  15. 15. Lovely
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

There are hundreds of thousands of singer/songwriters who with their trusty acoustics in hand try and draw the listener into their particular inner world where thoughts and (hopefully) insights are expressed through one of the most intimate musical forms. Few indeed though are the artists of the calibre of Seattle resident Shawn McDonald. After six years touring as an independent artist, developing his music and crafting his songs, Shawn released his record label debut 'Simply Nothing'. This set surpasses that and is already topping all kinds of charts in his homeland. Throughout Shawn's voice retains a husky wistfulness perfect to convey the spiritual longing of many of his song themes while the production - 11 tracks by Christopher Stevens and four by Will Hunt - encase him in a full orchestra (the poignant opener "I Wanna Be Ready"), or accompany Shawn with shuffling percussion and a bubbling keyboard figure ("Reason"), an aching pedal steel ("Pour Out"), or a beautiful string quartet ("Lovely"). Very occasionally the accompaniments lose their sympathetic edge - I'm not sure the strange electronic effects on "Image" add anything to the Spanish guitar instrumental - but nearly always they bring light and shade to Shawn's glowingly sincere songs of redemption. And where the singer's voice breaks under the sheer emotion of "Lovely" it is a truly moving moment. This reviewer will through the year hear hundreds of devotional singer/songwriters presenting their muse on CD. I doubt though whether I'll hear a better album than this.

Style: Roots/Acoustic
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 15957
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Sparrow SPD11569
Items: 1
Release Date: 01 Mar 2006

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Eclectic sounds and honest lyrics mark Shawn's fourth studio album.

For more information about Shawn McDonald, check the Shawn McDonald Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by David Judkins in Andover at 09:41 on Mar 14 2007

I saw Shawn at Greenbelt, and was truly captivated by his songwriting, style, sensitivity and soulfulness. A great musician with a lot to say... Definitely recommend it!

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