The fourteen songs on Catherine MacLellan's latest self-produced record, her sixth, are described as "a travelogue through heartbreak, loss and the joy of life."
The album was recorded and self produced at her home studio in Prince Edward Island with the support of a full band. It comes after a four-year break which was devoted to the celebration of the life and musical legacy of her late father, Gene MacLellan, comprising a tribute album ('If It’s Alright With You') stage show and documentary.
Though modest in scope and mainstream in their appeal, the songs reflect big changes in her life and perspective. There are hints of gentle traditional folk but mostly the sound falls into commercial country music.
Topics include the dilemmas of choice (The Road is Divided), the challenge of starting over (Out of Time) and the fragile nature of stability (Breath of a Wind). The latter comes with the advice that "It's all right to fall apart" although putting the pieces back together again is also a big part of the singer's message. The fact that love can make the heart soar or break lies at the root of the problem.
The mood is unhurried, reflective and philosophical. This is exemplified in Waiting On My Love, a song about being in the moment and recognizing what you have in front of you.
Even when things don't turn out right, feelings of gratitude prevail to ensure that the feel good factor remains intact.
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