KIM YARSON – Thankful CD (2011 – Gratitude Records)
by Michael Keith edited by Devin McAlister

Overall Rating: 5/5

Have you listed to the Radio lately? Is it me or is something horribly wrong with today’s music. Do you remember when music actually had really instruments in them with real people playing them? No kidding. How about good songwriting performed by artists that not only wrote the music but poured their heat and soul into performing them. Now when one listens to the radio what do you hear: a pretty face, cookie cutter songwriting, crafted via a microphone, some fancy sampling and a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music. Yes the magic is all but gone from modern-day music, and people are wondering why. Actually there are a few select artists out there that still believe in the power of music. Artists like New Jersey’s Kim Yarson for example.

Her latest CD entitled Thankful was released in 2011 and I have to say I was extremely impressed with the opening 3 tracks “In This Moment”, “The falling” and “Without a Trace”. They made quite the impression and each one possessed my full unadulterated attention. To be honest: I expected cheesy Sing Songy Pop that was extremely predictable and shallow in nature – very compatible for a mass audience. Well shame on me! What I discovered was actually quite the opposite. The whole CD is wonderfully conservative yet full of what I would call positive energy with music that appeals to so many different senses on so many different levels. It reminds me of Natalie Imbriglia, Marisa Monte, Melanie C, and even Dido. I can also hear the slight Country, R&B influence in there as well. What I really like about Yarson is there is no attempt to deliver what I call over the top pop. Cheezy music with a pretty face via top flight sampling, cookie cutter songwriting via a mix that sounds more like a commercial than a piece of music. It will also appeal to both advanced and novice listeners alike. Whatever kind of listening level you’re on – some will identify with things while others will not. Like a three layered cake Yarson is one artist that has allot of depth and has so much to offer. Weather it’s musically, lyrically, inspirationally, emotionally, spiritually – if you feel like music is taking us in the wrong direction than rest assured Kim Yarson is taking us back in the right direction with Thankful.


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Final Word: Kim Yarson will affirm your faith in music again. She represents all that is good in music and her latest CD Thankful delivers a highly passionate 13 track catalog via top flight musicianship, amazing songwriting and music that covers all the bases: Pop, Rock, Country.

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