Elizabeth MacInnis

  Review by: Emily Saxton
  Record Label: Self released
  Website: www.elizabethmacinnis.com
  Star Rating:



ONE EYE ON THE HIGHWAY is the beautiful, Billy Sherwood-produced debut project from Canadian singer-songwriter Elizabeth MacInnis; an emotive collection of 11 skilfully crafted and thoughtfully arranged country-laced songs, drawing on inspiration and emotion from all relative corners of humanity, from vulnerability and heartbreak to aptitude, humour and love, plus a warm, velvety voice to tie the whole stunning package together. With a talented trio of multi-instrumentalists (including famed producer Billy Sherwood on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and piano) providing the musical bones of this release, the born and bred Edmontonian vocalist begins with potential country hit and poignant title-track One Eye On The Highway; a slow and steady heartbreaker about life’s unexpected highs and lows and how you could drive forever and never fully forget the bad ones; Elizabeth’s vocals, utterly superb throughout, making it all the more moving.

There’s a couple of great little toe-tappers, demonstrating Elizabeth’s ease and ability to flit between several musical styles, and this comes to little surprise considering her background in musical theatre — Can You Dance, will undoubtedly have you up on your feet and clapping your hands in time with its infectious rhythm and Can I Quit My Day Job Yet? will leave you humming its memorable chorus for quite some time. Did I Touch You is a real must-listen gem, with infectious lyrics, swooping violin flourishes (John Calverley) and a marvellous melody, whilst poetic love song Whatever We Do will stay with you for hours, both, potential country hitters.

An unplugged version of an earlier song That’s What Momma Always Said closes the album beautifully, consisting merely of just vocal, guitar and poignant thread. A stunning debut from an inspiringly talented singer-songwriter and gifted performer, that undoubtedly merits some thorough listening, if you like good music beautifully written and superbly sung. There’s plenty more to come.

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