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Not So Hip
Artist: Bec Abbot
Label: Independent Artist
Distributed By: CMC Distribution
Time: 11 Tracks / 46:18
The CD may be called Not So Hip but Bec Abbot you are ooohhhh so hip! The petite brunette from Kitchener Canada will strike a chord with listeners when they hear her title track. The staggered cadence will get you digging deep into the grooves of this song. The lyrics bear the honesty of artists such as Shawn Colvin and Sara Groves. Thematically "Not So Hip" (the song) is best described when Abbot sings, "I'm having an epiphany so could I take a moment."
Providing good acoustic work and vocal support for Not So Hip is Abbot's friend Carolyn Arends. British Columbia's Arends has done for Canada's Christian music industry what Sarah McLachlan accomplished in mainstream music, providing international credibility for Canadian artists. Abbot and Arends co-wrote this tune.
I would like to see Abbot revisit the studio with Not So Hip using a little less programming and loops then release it as a single to mainstream radio. This has breakthrough written all over it!
"If I Could I Would" gives you a reason to believe that it is only a matter of time before Bec Abbot attracts the attention of industry people in the US. Abbot has the kind of voice that sneaks up behind you and gently whispers in your ear reassuringly;  
If I could, I would
I would make it better
I would make it good
If I could, I would
I would carry that burden awhile. 
These are passionate words and vocals from a lady who is one of the nicest and most caring people you will ever meet.
If you like the Blues you are going to love "Pain". The song introduces us to a side of Abbot previously not heard on her other recorded music. The woman gets down and soulful. Ray Salmond leans into his guitar to create some spectacular riffs. Salmond also sets the mood with his acoustic piano work. Bassist Dave Olsen lays down some good grooves. 
Abbot wrote eight of the tracks and co-wrote the remaining three. Matt Fretz co-wrote "So Happy" and Ken Harrison receives co-writing credit for "You Say My Name." Abbot is a gifted poet who paints great pictures with her music with songs like "Tell Me" and "Stephanie."
This CD comes with liner notes you can actually read to find out who is playing on the songs and check for a word you missed in the lyric. The CD cover and liner notes demonstrate class and you would expect nothing less from Abbot. Not So Hip is a first class CD.

By Joe Montague, exclusive rights reserved

Joe Montague is an internationally published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18. All copyright and distribution rights remain the property of Joe Montague. 


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