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The Starting Line

Amber Sweeney

In The Rounds Productions 2013

Review by David Bowling

Amber Sweeney is one of those artists who began her career by singing in church. She released a solo album at the age of 18 and then spent four years, 2001-2005, as the bass player and background vocalist for the band Enation. She has now released her third solo album, The Starting Line, which features five new original compositions.

She has a gritty voce and has developed into an adept guitarist. She also has the ability to write a good tune and is able to add some melodic textures to the mix. It all comes down to a listenable pop/blues fusion album.

She has added a little edge to her music as “Leap” was written for the purpose of ending human trafficking. The lyrics show a growing maturity as an artist.

The Starting Line is a nice leap forward as an artist for Amber Sweeney. The main problem is it only contains five tracks. Still, it is worth a listen from an artist that continues to develop.

Rating: ***