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Sarah Sample
Someday
Groundloop Records
www.sarahsample.com


Sarah Sample is endowed with a succor-enriched intonation in addition to being a motivational songwriter, a classically versed guitarist, and a well-groomed ukulele-ist. Her new CD, Someday, is produced by Scott Wiley and has a country folk palate reminiscent of Patty Griffin.

The reposing stance of Sample's vocals in tracks like "Calling Your Name" and "Every Time I Go" project a reflective tone as she expresses in the latter track "Every time I go / I give my heart to you / To keep you from the cold… nothing could keep my love from you." The dulcet swells of "Shadows Of A Song" have a spiritual sound, and the sparseness of "One Mistake" put an emphasis on Sample's vocals as the delicate silhouettes of the cello move like a phantom in the background.

The rootsy rock shading of "Be My Middle Ground" creates a swirling mist circling around Sample's vocals, which shifts into bristling guitar shreds and pronounced rhythmic strokes along "Staying Behind." The upbeat tempo of "Holiday" is spangled in Sample's peppy ukulele chimes, while the merriment of "I'm Ready" is cobbled in shimmering guitar vibrations.

Someday is mainly landscaped in soothing country folk strums projecting a reflective tone. Though many of the tracks blur into each other, the album is solid and tempered for mainstream audiences.

-Susan Frances

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