Serena Ryder - Harmony - 2012 RSD Pop Rock Ltd Ed Sealed 180 Grm LP + Pic Insert
Serena Ryder - Harmony
Label: Universal 230631
Format: Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition
LP edition of Serena Ryder's "Harmony", released exclusively in Canada for Record Store Day 2013 on April 20, 2013.
Download card included.
Includes Pic Insert
Released: 20 Apr 2012
Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Pop Rock
A1 What I Wouldn't Do 3:39
A2 Fall 3:28
A3 Call Me 3:35
A4 Baby Come Back 4:46
B1 Please, Baby Please 4:37
B2 For You 4:03
B3 Heavy Love 3:18
B4 Stompa 3:40
B5 Mary Go Round 3:26
B6 Nobody But You 0:51
Already the recipient of three JUNO Awards and two GOLD Albums, Serena Ryder is about to unveil her most personal and ambitious album yet. The result is HARMONY robust, passionate, optimistic, adventurous, haunting and addictive
Serena ended up working with two different producers on this album - Emmy/Grammy nominated producer/songwriter/musician Jerrod Bettis (Gavin Degraw, Better Than Ezra) and producer/songwriter/musician Jon Levine (Knaan, Nelly Furtado). Serena, Jerrod and Jon even play most of the instruments on the album. By recording much of HARMONY at her own home studio The Cottage, the essence of the songs were able to properly flourish. They also recorded at Guest House Studios in Los Angeles and Synagogue in Hollywood, before the album was mixed by Joe Zook (Modest Mouse, Katy Perry).
HARMONY is my journey...my past, my present, my future and all the ugly and beautiful things that I've had the pleasure of experiencing so far in my short life here, shares Serena. I've chosen with this record to experiment more freely with the different musical parts of me that make up the whole.
With the follow-up to her breakout album, the slick, but formulaic Is It O.K., singer-songwriter Serena Ryder hints at an artistic lifespan that could well extend beyond mainstream radio hooks that are instantly memorable and just as swiftly forgotten.
Theres a helping of the latter in some tracks, like the big-chorus opener, What I Wouldnt Do and the sing-song arena hopeful Mary Go Round. But little sonic treasures like the Lets Go handclaps on the former song, and the layered vocal bridge in Baby Come Back elevate even the average material.
Ryder can write a melody, as the sunny gem Fall demonstrates. But when she stretches out, as she does on the soulful ballad Please Baby Please, the subtly electro-wise jazzy torcher For You (which is reminiscent of the Screamin Jay Hawkins classic I Put a Spell on You) and the almost Broadway-ready and infectious Stompa, you can hear a real career beckoning.
Serena Ryder - What I Wouldn't Do
Serena Ryder - Please Baby Please
Serena Ryder - Please, Baby Please
Serena Ryder - Baby Come Back