Feel My Way

Lavendine

SWC Records, 2013

http://www.lavendineband.com

REVIEW BY: Tom Haugen

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 07/25/2014

Lavendine's debut album Feel My Way is a forthright and emotional journey of honesty and empowerment from twin sisters Jana and Jacy Myers. There's little doubt that the pair has endured plenty of hardships in their respective lives, and that comes through via calming country and soft rock that is delivered with sincerity and an overall pleasantness that makes friends with vocal harmonies and timeless melody. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The album starts with "You Can't Change My Mind," an emotional pop rock tune where the women harmonize together in what I have to assume is an autobiographical account of a love lost. "Maybe I Might" follows and sounds like the sort of country pop that the current late teens/early twenties artists currently on the radio might play when they get older, wiser and have something more relevant to sing about than Instagram or twerking. "Out Of The Blue" is a heartwarming ballad that changes up the pace drastically with keys and strings, building into a lush story of triumph. The keys spill over the title track, "Feel My Way," which is a ballad on the melancholic side of love that almost seems tragic.

The second half of the disc is musically more adventurous with the soothing strumming of "I Won't Love You," which bares resemblance to The Cardigans, as well as the more forceful rock of "Here For Life" and "Rapture." Near the end, the perfectly breezy pop of "Does Anybody Hear Me" flows right into "The Last Time," which sounds like a song that plays in a romantic drama when the two lovers reconcile and realize that they were meant for one another and walk away hand in hand into the sunset.

I'd be lying if I said Lavendine is game changers or that they are bringing in new ideas and paving the way for likeminded outifts. However, I would also be lying if I said this wasn't easily enjoyable, uplifting music with talented singing, instrumentation and songwriting. In fact, I imagine the only reason Lavendine isn’t better known is the fact that the genre is so flooded and they lack any sort of 'gimmick' to get them more notoriety. Maybe if one of them dated and then got dumped by John Mayer or were caught sexting with James Franco this album could go gold, because it has the mass appeal and talent to.

Rating: B+

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