With a blend of soft pop, smooth blues, and porch folk, singer-songwriter
Anne Heaton tailors songs to her specific vocal measurements
personalizing each track on her fourth solo album Honeycomb.
For instance, her rendition of Coldplay's "Viva La
Vida" displays the elasticity in her vocals which bends and
shapes the melodic patterns on a berth of sparse beats and liquidity
guitar chords making the song her own.
Produced by Gary Maurer (Hem), Mike Denneen
(Aimee Mann), and Heaton, Honeycomb molds facets
of pop, folk, and blues into a pleasing listening album. The traipsing
accordion-tinted notes of "The Alchemist" threading
through the rhythmic pumps produce a nursery rhyme pattern. The
brushed drum strokes of the title track are soothing, morphing
into the trundling movements of "I Still Love You."
The shuffling beats of "Watching You Win" have a rustic
folk vibe as Heaton paints a picture of youthful idolizing of
a heroic figure, "You showed us who we could be / We were
so afraid 'til we saw you give it a try / You know you made us
brave / You made us smile."
The smoky, jazz-accented horns in "As You Are" complement
Heaton's bluesy voicing, shifting into a cotillion of delicate
strings in "Two Human-Sized Wedding Candles" as the
wispy waves of Heaton's vocals amplify the gentleness of the track
and contrast the bright atmospherics and upbeat grooves of "Losses
of Her Ancestors." Heaton creates musical adaptations of
two poems penned by 13th century mystic Rumi, blanketing
"Pearl Become Powder" in mellow piano furls and cradling
"Prayer of Saint Francis" in tender musings.
Heaton's music has a likeness to the artists whom her producers
have worked with previously, but she also lets her individuality
show. Honeycomb crisscrosses genres into a pleasing hybrid.
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