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Lin McEwan

by Lin McEwan

A funky fusion of rock, blues, and pop with an emphasis on old-school soul vocals... like Mavis Staples singing over Maroon 5. A truly unique powerhouse voice backed by a band featuring members who have played with everyone from Mike Stern to Al DiMeola t
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1. White Roses
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2. You Can Leave Your Hat On
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3. Excuses
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4. Ships Crashing
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5. Over
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6. Can't Get Near You
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7. I Could Lie to You
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8. Unexpected
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9. Alias
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10. You Didn't Love Me Back
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Up-and-coming popular singer Lin McEwan recently premiered her first two music videos before a packed crowd of cheering fans and friends at Manhattan’s Zipper Factory. The show also celebrated the release of the digital-only Now I Know EP, the follow-up to her self-titled debut album. The EP is the first release entirely composed of songs written by Lin and co-writer Mike Pettry.

Both the videos and the EP mark a big change for a girl who spent her youth being told that she couldn’t sing because her voice was too low. "My voice was so strange for my age," she recalls, "that when I was in the eighth grade, I had to play Santa Claus because the boys voices hadn't changed yet, and I was the only one who could do a convincing, ‘Ho, ho, ho.’"

It wasn't until she was 16 that she stepped onto the stage of her high school's gala gospel concert to give her first ever solo performance, a rousing blues take of "Amazing Grace," for which she received a thunderous three-minute standing ovation.

Since arriving in New York, the Baltimore-native has been “gaining notice for her uncommonly deep voice” and for her “soulfully sung and well-written material”—a funky fusion of soul and pop… like Tina Turner or Mavis Staples singing over Keane (The Baltimore Sun; JustSoul). Along with her talented group of regular players, who’ve backed everyone from Jesse Malin to Gavin DeGraw, she’s appeared at such landmark establishments as CBGB's and the Bitter End, as well as the Living Room, the Rockwood Music Hall, the Cutting Room, Crash Mansion, and Arlene's Grocery. But she still considers Baltimore home and takes the band back as often as possible.

Lin is a proud member of ASCAP and the NAPM.


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Billy_Da_Guit

REVIEW?.....
.....Well...I just realized I can't write a review cause I'm addicted to Lin's voice...I'm just happy I finally got her CD...hearing is believing.-

Sara Hunt

Brilliant!
Lin McEwan – Lin McEwan

Listening to Lin McEwan’s album is like diving head first into a mug of frothy, streaming hot chocolate, rich in texture, aroma and taste. Her voice is sultry, husky, deep, soulful and very sensual reminding me of crushed black velvet. This is an album of pure indulgence like gorging on a box of your favourite chocolates. Lin’s voice melts even the hardest of hearts. With a voice reminiscent of Cher or Alison Moyet Lin successfully combines pop/rock with blues and occasionally along the way drops in a dash of jazz for good measure. This is an exciting album that stands out from the usual crowd of female singer/songwriter albums. This is an album of pure class, which offers something a little bit different and perhaps unexpected.

White Roses kicks off the album wonderfully and showcases Lin’s voice quite beautifully. A striking track that illustrates that this is going to be a truly individual and interesting album. This is a rousing track with heavy instrumental backing and a catchy chorus. This track would make a fantastic single or opener for any show; it has all the elements to be a big hit – great lyrics, a lively tune, a powerful chorus and Lin’s husky voice.

You Can Leave Your Hat On, written by Randy Newman and perhaps most recently known for the popular film The Full Monty (sung by Tom Jones) is given a blues make over on Lin’s debut album. Lin’s magical voice gives this old song an added dimension and allows Lin to make the song hers completely. Often when a singer covers an old or well known song they are unable to put their own mark on it but Lin is an exception to that rule. This song takes on a life of its own when put in Lin’s most capable hands. The song appears fresh and has a certain buzz about it. It is as if you as a listener are hearing the song for the very first time and what you are hearing is quite simply brilliant, there is no other word to describe it!

Excuses is a wonderful stand out track on the album and has a jazz vibe about it. Written by Sara Lynn Beck this track features some great lyrics that really make you stop and think. This is quite a lively track with heavy backing once again.

Ships Crashing sees a change in tempo; this is a much slower track with strong vocals from Lin. ‘Me and you were two ships crashing in the night’ is a poignant lyric that stands out in this song. This is a song packed full of raw emotion. Lin’s deep husky voice allows the emotion of the song to run free. As a listener you can really feel the emotion oozing from the lyrics of this song.

Over shifts the tempo back up a notch and again has hints of jazz mixed with pop and blues. Like the previous song - Ships Crashing, this song was written by Noam Weinstein.

Can’t Get Near You was co-written by Lin McEwan and Josh Dodes. This song follows a similar style to the opening track of the album and has a catchy chorus and heavy backing. I love the line ‘I can’t get near to you, I am just a face in your rear view’ – a great lyric!

I Could Lie To You is a duet featuring John Rochette and was written by Noam Weinstien. This song is beautiful, soulful and absolutely delightful. A delicate song, like a freshly cut flower. This has to be the stand out track of the album; it is worth purchasing a copy of the album just for this track it is that good. Lin’s voice is gentle and raw, oozing once again with pure unadulterated emotion. The voices of John and Lin work wonderfully together, blending together like some exotic wine. The music here is toned down and the vocals are stripped bare. John’s voice is light whilst Lin’s is deep and full of tenderness and affection. Passion pours from Lin’s voice. This song is so outstanding and so fragile it could easily have the listener in tears. This song most definitely touches a special place in the listener’s heart. It is like listening to two angels when Lin and John sing.

Unexpected was written solely by Lin and is another song that has a strong blues feel about it. Again here the music is toned down so that Lin’s voice is able to shine through. I am reminded here of the singer Sam Brown and her smash hit song – Stop.

Alias is a truly brilliant song written again by Lin. This shows Lin’s vocal talents off brilliantly. A striking chorus packed full of powerful lyrics really makes the listener stop and think. Lin takes centre stage in this song, with the music taking a back seat.

You Didn’t Love Me Back is the penultimate song on the album and shows a softer side to Lin once again. This is a haunting song with soft music and a powerful chorus line. As the song progresses the tempo of the song rises and Lin belts out the final verse of the song before returning to more haunting, gentle vocals. ‘I loved you but you didn’t love me back’ – I am sure many listeners will relate whole heartedly with those words.

All too soon the final track of the album emerges. Hope You Had Your Fun is another rousing blues influenced pop number with heavy backing. This song is a fitting song on which to end a tremendous album – it is lively and has a catchy chorus very much like the opening track.

Lin McEwan’s debut offering is truly fantastic there is no other word to describe it. It is one of those albums you could listen to over and over again and not get bored of it. Lin offers a fresh look at an old favourite, shows off her blues infused vocals and belts out a true rock power ballad. Her voice is deep and husky yet stripped bare on tracks like I Could Lie To You it is sensual, tender and haunting. If you like female vocalists with a bit of gumption then this is the album for you. This is one album that certainly stands out from the crowd and offers listeners a change from the usual hum drum of boring sound alike female singers.