Heatherlyn is a talented musician and songwriter, who with time, could have the potential to impact even more people with her message of hope and peace.
Heatherlyn is a Midwest independent artist based out of Minneapolis, MN. Her music seems to be only one part of her artistic endeavours; all of which focus around social action. Storydwelling is her second full length album.
This album has several early highlights. "Home With You Continues" is a catchy mid-tempo tune that reminded me of both Colbie Caillat and Patty Griffin. "Jack Riddle" is a well-crafted song that is highlighted by subtle organs. Later on, "Put on Your Climbing Shoes" helps give some bounce to the latter half of the CD. Special notice should also be given to "You'll Never Know," a biographical ballad that ends the album on a memorable note.
Unfortunately, these highlights aren't characteristic of the rest of the album. About halfway through the album, I was enjoying a reggae-influenced tune called "We Have a Dream" when it is interrupted by a spoken-word sermon. A couple tracks later is "Modernity," a "slam poem" that might be a little preachy for more casual listeners. The remaining tracks too often end up slipping into repetitive singer-songwriter clichés.
Overall, the album, while not cohesive, is a good independent release. Those involved in social action endeavors will find many anthems here. Heatherlyn is a talented musician and songwriter, who with time, could have the potential to impact even more people with her message of hope and peace.
Author: Shawn Dickinson
Date Submitted: September 27, 2011