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Featured Indie Acoustic Artist: Rebekah Todd – Forget Me Not
There is a certain brand of music that people keep to themselves, that they hide away like a secret. Not because those songs are somehow not worth sharing, but because the listening experience demands a little solitude.
While this describes a large part of the reason why Rebekah Todd has been selected as one of our top 25 Indie Acoustic artists, there is another element to her music that betrays this interpretation. The singer/songwriter from Greenville, NC absolutely belts it out on her latest EP, Forget Me Not, striving for a full and passionate sound. The volume of her voice is astounding. She’s not doing it alone either, as her band is four members strong and backs her fiery vocals with a whole plethora of instruments, from Casio to Glockenspiel.
(Author’s note: Is it strange that her album cover features a three-string guitar?)
The album quickly establishes itself as a fun one, as opener “Little by Little” will dance its way into your thoughts with a tasteful touch of country and a warm bit of blues. “Gallows” shares in this smoky barroom feel, and features the welcomed addition of banjo to the sound.
Three songs – “Oh Jordan,” “Walked Right Through Me” and “Wanderin Soul” – take the middle of the EP into sombre territory. Todd employs a narrative lyrical style, inviting the audience to become an active participant in the listening experience, to pay attention to her words and how they interact with the music. While these are all strong tracks, one may wonder what this young woman could accomplish if she were to entrust her voice to a hush or a whisper. Talent like hers begs for versatility, and the addition of a quiet number – or even a few – could really bring this one home.
That said, the title track, “Forget Me Not,” is the real gem of this six song release. It features Todd by her lonesome, and the distant quality of the recording lends it a natural tone and human touch. The volume dips and swells with the emotion, and it is here that one can truly begin to appreciate the depth and sincerity of Rebekah Todd’s songwriting.
The album is Forget Me Not and the artist is one of IMR’s top 25 Indie Acoustic acts, Rebekah Todd. She is well deserving of the selection, and this album will sing to you the reasons why.
(Note: Rebekah dedicates the album to her father, who passed away in December of 2010.)
Rating: 4/5 stars!
Album Name: Forget Me Not
Date Released: June, 2011
Genre(s): Acoustic, Folk, Blues
Location: Greenville, North Carolina
Band Members: Rebekah Todd
Reverb Nation: www.reverbnation.com/rebekahtodd
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