Album Reviews

McClain Sullivan

Rachel

Artist:     McClain Sullivan

Album:     Rachel

Label:     Self-Released

Release Date:     10/16/2015

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Sweeeet Sweet McClain Sullivan! The world deserves to be blessed by your charming and eloquent style. The Seattle–turned–Brooklyn singer/songwriter is a complete multifaceted guru of soul, r&b, jazz and funk. She implements her fusion style adamantly in every song aboard Sullivan’s sophomore EP, Rachel, in more aspects than a few, making for an overall aesthetically alluring project. Who ‘Rachel’ is exactly has yet to be discovered, but you know what, it’s okay, because this project rocks! The album circulates around relationship conundrums, immature mistakes and other such relatable material,with lyrics guaranteed to be tattooed onto your brain.

Kudos have got to be given to the ensemble of background musicians and their instruments contributing delicate to intensified sounds–including Sullivan’s well honed guitar skills–serving justice on Rachel.

Her sound is surely synonymous with that of “27 club” member Amy Winehouse, and pushing the boundaries a bit, one could possibly even hear a bit of Alanis Morisette. Sullivan’s ever-growing musical intellect, in conjunction with her meticulously mastered vocal prowess, allows her versatility and prime management of each song conjured.

The kid’s got skills, and there shouldn’t be a single soul baffled to hear that she’s opened up for musical legends including the Roots and Talib Kweli. Who knew that a seven track album– barely the length of your average television program– could serve as such an immaculately sounding musical composition? Well, it has, and should surely catapult McClain Sullivan into a well deserved, wider spectrum of musical fame. Be on the lookout for this beaut of an album- the elegant Sullivan can only go up from here, and her future surely seems bright .

– Sean Harrison

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