Nashville reminds me a bit to Australia. Now, what I mean with that is the fact that if you carefully pay attention to some of the bands and artists that comes out of Ocenia you will notice how prompt they are to create this rare gems in music. Dead Letter Circus, Karnivool, Bee Gees, Midnight Oil, Tame Impala and the list goes on. The same way, Nashville has become the American home for Music where singer-songwriters that ranges from mostly Country or Roots music over to Rock and what not, have made of that place a very special one.
With that in mind, the stakes are high for those looking to make it in the City of Music. Our latest brave artists looking to do so is Claudia Norris on her Nashville Songwriting Sessions. The title on its own puts a pressure over the singer-songwriter’s shoulders. “Say Yes” captures the best of the ole’ Country Taylor Swift because she went rogue, with her angelic vocal and playful music that dives in between the Pop and Country realm without actually been neither of those. “Stranger” flips the coin literally, leaving all the upbeat joy aside and instead heading for a much piano driven, somewhat dramatic approach. All this goes in and out and sets the tone of Norris as she proves she can get you dancing along or the opposite. Though her vocals isn’t really that special, its definitely pitch-perfect and fits very well with every tune and never feels out of place.
Though she has a nice range and sensitivity, personally it gets to a point for me where this EP feels a bit too save. It’s a fine a good record that showcase what the Edmonton native is capable of but it never goes to somewhere where you feel she can stands out from the rest and sadly, in a time filled with an enormous competition, looking out for your own voice in the crowd is mandatory.
Criteria - 75%
Either way, overall, Nashville Songwriting Sessions is a good record for those hardcore Country fans. Hopefully, moving on, Norris will find the way to exploit her fantastic vocals and musical skills hidden within her and breakthrough as it looks like she might deserve.