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samuel123
Oct-15-2008, 07:36
Shaun Barrowes is a jazzy, rich-voiced singer and also known as hot adult contemporary artist.

Shaun Barrowes first album of original songs, Big Bang Theory, is a sophisticated blend of jazz-pop, balladry, and big-band theatrics. Barrowes’ clear-eyed enthusiasm is refreshing; his love of the music is contagious. While Big Bang Theory is clearly a nod to a rich musical past and an appreciation of its wide-screen cinema, Barrowes’ pop leanings give the music a contemporary framework—the songs are both a longing glance backward and a running jump forward.

The music takes off due to Barrowes’ considerable talent. Indeed, the record is built around
Barrowes’ voice, piano, and keen sense of melody. He is a versatile musician and performer, playing
lead piano and arranging the record’s far-flung musical parts. And his strong jazz-pop voice
carries inflections of Michael Buble, Sting, and even early Billy Joel.

The record opens and closes with a beautiful, hymn-like “Intro” and “Outro,” which establish a sense of seriousness and reflection. But then first track “Fade” enters and the solemnity is over; guitar strums and hand drums propel the song into funky, hard-charging jazz-rock. The confrontational lyrics (“Do you even have the slightest clue? / What should I do?”) are surrounded by a spinning piano solo and capped off with an impressive vocal scat and keyboard breakdown. Now you know things are happening.

“When I Take Your Hand” pulls back the reins with its timeless appeal; it is the sound of a thousand weddings, a tender-hearted, old-fashioned ballad of newfound love. (“This is a story as old as time / now I can say it’s mine / When I take your hand.”) Barrowes delivery slides into the upper register with confidence, and his piano touch is light and lovely.

“I Love You Today” is a stunning jazz ballad that highlights Barrowes’ impressive vocal skills. He begins in moody reflection, builds to soulful croon, and then smoothes things out in silky melody. Another well-placed guitar solo simmers the music back down to the song’s initial longing.

Rounding out the final three tracks: “Somebody Like You” is pulsing piano-pop. “I Still Loved You,” played with grace and restraint, is a love letter to Barrowes’ younger sisters—a tribute to the changing but loving ties between brothers and sisters. And “For My Sake,” a swelling anthem that expands into peculiar chamber-pop territory, carves out a unique sonic space, hinting at things to come.

In the end, Shaun Barrowes can flat out play and sing; Big Bang Theory proves to be a forceful musical fact.

Track list:
The songs on the album are:
1-Intro
2-Fade
3-Hop, Skip and a Jump
4-When I take Your Hand
5-Like There's No More Love to Go Around
6-Separate Trains
7-In my Back Pocket
8-When I Need You the Most
9-I Love You Today
10-Somebody Like You
11-I Still Loved You
12-Never for My Sake
13-Outro

Check out more at shaunbarrowes.blogspot.com

Corno Dolce
Oct-15-2008, 08:02
Aloha samuel123,

Welcome aboard! Please do make yourself feel right at home amongst all the different discussion threads and plan on staying for a spell.

Cheerio,

Corno Dolce :):):)

marval
Oct-15-2008, 14:49
Hello samuel123, welcome to the forum.

Thank you for telling us about Shaun Barrowes, we enjoy all music here so do look around and join in the discussions.


Margaret

samuel123
Oct-19-2008, 11:30
Hey,

Thanks for your replies. Well, right now, I'm surfing various threads of this forum and enjoying my stay on this forum.

Corno Dolce
Oct-28-2008, 17:42
Aloha Mr. Watt,

Ummm, I did'nt intend to review a review with my *welcome post* to samuel123 - So sorry........

Cheerio,

CD :):):)

gina
Dec-24-2008, 16:54
:) :) :)