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WHERE IN THE WORLD (article first published : 2003-10-2)

Where in the World, a delightful debut nine-track album produced by 3rd Ear Music and performed by all-rounder Shannon Kenny provides a fresh approach to music with a positive message.

No stranger to song or stage, local lass Kenny compliments beautifully the song-writing talents and technical wizardry of Alan Judd and Terry Rosenberg of Leopard Moon Studios. A relatively new collaboration between Judd and Rosenberg, Leopard Moon aims to promote unsigned bands and artists.

As well as offering a platform of powerful technology, they are sensitive to the “relaxed atmosphere and warmth necessary for the creative process”. This shines through in tracks like Adversity, a stunning ballet, almost lullaby-ish and capable of taming even the wildest beast. Loren Macfarlane plays an equally stunning and eerie cello solo that adds to the overall emotion on the song.

A jazzy and upbeat Unconditionally incorporates some incredible guitar work while Kenny sings in praise of unconditional love and vocally lifts the listener’s spirits. Another deliciously jazzy number with a slight Salsa twist is How You Say. With backing vocals by Alan Bowen, stunning guitar work and an appearance by the flugel horn (played by Nick Ames), it is a great example of how combinations of different instruments can work well when played together.

Without You is a slightly more dramatic number, changing pace and tone to emphasise a story within the song, taking one on a journey of loss, realization and redemption.

Almost certainly the last track on the album, Precious, pulls on the heartstrings with its incredibly gentle and longing words sung in what can only be described as the most “precious” way. Backing vocals by Stacey Taylor and Melvin Peters on keyboard contribute to the valued quality and appeal of this song.

An album with a positive message: beautifully sung and positively a gift. It is available at CD Warehouse for R100. - Ruby Bernard




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