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CD REVIEW: Meg Tennant – “Driving With You”
By Stacey Board - 11/20/2003 - 11:58 PM EST

Artist: Meg Tennant
Album: “Driving With You”
CD Review: Tennant has a lovely contemporary folk sound in her singing and her writing. She’s got more going for her though than your average female singer/songwriter. She has a gift for the unexpected yet still simply beautiful melody. There is also a straightforward simplicity to her lyrics but also a sharp flip side that is just as sincere and as potent.

Some of the songs are given almost a country twang in the treatment but none of the songs should be pigeonholed in any one genre. She goes from straight singer/songwriter to honky tonk to bluebrass to pop. “Maker of Marimbas” is one of my favorites. It’s a lovely haunting melody for a lovely haunting song. “Millie” is also a gem, a spooky song mystery that is also haunting.

Tennant’s voice is sweet and fine and it shines. On some songs however it seems just a little more hesitant than others. She never strays off pitch or anything, just some takes are very strong and some seem a bit more tentative.

John Ellis is listed as Tennant’s producer, engineer and also adds some instrumentation. He deserves a huge round of applause for his musical contributions and his fabulous ear. Tennant made a great choice in him.

“Driving With You” is a fine collection of very well written songs, great performances, and masterful execution in the sound. Any fan of contemporary singer/songwriters should check out this versatile and talented artist.

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