Review: Rachel by McClain Sullivan

“Rachel” by McClain Sullivandigital-album-cover

Written By: Jasmine Francois
Rating: 6.5/10

        McClain Sullivan’s voice is somewhere between Amy Winehouse and Gin Wigmore, which is shows a lot of promise for future albums, if Sullivan could find the style that works for her.  Her songs toe the line between 90’s Sheryl Crow and scat/modernized jazz.  While neither of these styles are “bad” or done poorly, I think Sullivan could find promise in a more R&B or Soul direction.  The album is definitely listenable (good lyrics, great vocals), but not my cup of tea when it comes to the background instrumentals/overall musical style. This is definitely something I could see being used as the background music of a coffee shop scene in something like “Eat, Pray, Love”.  Mom-approved music, but nothing that is going to break new ground.
FCC Violations: #1 (Happy Anniversary)
Favorite Tracks: Happy Anniversary (Radio Edit)
RIYL:  Joss Stone, Sheryl Crow, Duffy

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