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  • Chantal Kreviazuk's What It All Means Something

    Chantal Kreviazuk's What It All Means Something

Written by Allison Brown (cannon.ca contributor)

With as much grace and beauty as the prairie landscape she calls home, Winnipeg-born songstress Chantal Kreviazuk has a reputation of spinning heart-wrenching tales of love and loss.

Released a full three years after her sophomore album, What If It All Means Something displays an obvious change in tune by the petite chanteuse.

Where previous work was raw and vocally driven, the 11 songs that make up this album are heavily produced and, despite a noticeably fuller sound, are a far cry from Kreviazuk's past work. Best known for her immense vocal and piano prowess, Kreviazuk approached these songs in an entirely different manner by writing most of them on guitar before adding her trademark ivories to the mix. As a result, much less emphasis is placed on the skills that are responsible for her success.

  • click here to visit Chantal's website.

The lead-off single "In This Life" is a genre-crosser that carried the album to the top of the charts while radio-hit "Julia", despite its catchy chorus, is a lyrical flop. Fortunately rocker "Miss April" redeems the loss of quality resulting from the inclusion of songs like "Waiting" and "Ready for Your Love". The delicate and mournful "Flying Home (Brenda's Song)" reverts to Chantal's traditional style of emotionally-driven music and is easily one of the strongest moments on the disc.

Though it proved successful in pop and adult contemporary circles, this album does little to showcase Chantal's incredible talent as a vocalist, pianist and songwriter. Seen by many as a maturity, What If It All Means Something is little more than an experiment in producing would-be hits.

The C.S.A. is presenting Chantal Kreviazuk at the River Run Centre in downtown Guelph on Monday, October 20th. Some tickets are still available. Check the ad on thecannon.ca

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