NFLD Canada / NSW, Australia
Roots / Folk
Bill Chambers Music Studio
Kariong, NSW Australia
Off The Rock Music
Jeff McCormack at Music Cellar
Graphic By Design , Erina, NSW
Musicians Who Worked On All Or Part of The Burning:
The Burning Album track list:
Just A Number
Pay The Fiddler
I'm From Newfoundland
Knock On Wood
Angel Comfort Me
In The End
Shawn Lidster carries the heart and soul of his beloved homeland, Cupids Crossing, Newfoundland, Canada. His pride and love for home is evident. The level of expertise is astounding from this gifted singer/songwriter and musician. He blends the history of a proud people with his own stories of life, love and experiences in his lyrics. He has the skill to record a song in one crack, reaching perfection right off the hop. Shawn creates his music from the heart. Surprisingly, even recorded "The Burning" and "Angel Comfort Me" on the full moon, which is an old Neil Young trick. Not that this man needs
any help in that department.
"The Burning" is Shawn's second album, "Legends on the Baccalieu Trail" being the first. That was a hard album to beat, but Shawn Lidster has done it. "The Burning" has all the charm, lyrics and instrumentation to make anyone who hears it hooked for life.
Bill Chambers, who plays dobro, electric guitar, weisenborn , banjo, mandolin, irish bazooky, harmonica as well as harmony in "I'm From Newfoundland" is brilliant on this album. Michael Muchow who plays bass, percussion, stomp, and electric guitar is also magnificent.
But it is Shawn's strong and compelling voice that captures your imagination and seals the deal. His voice is pitch perfect and totally enticing. He is a skilled guitarist who knows how to make those strings bend to his every wish. Shawn's desire for
perfection shines through and he has certainly accomplished that and more on "The Burning". It is a generous album with 11 tracks. One just as mesmerising as
the one before it. "The Burning" has all the makings of an all time favorite album. It has something for everyone in it. From young to old, no matter what your
favorite genre is you will be swept away by this album.
Hard as it was, these are the 3 tracks I have chosen for this review:
1) The Burning - This is a treasure that has all the markings of a folk/roots hit. Shawn sings of a burning passed down to him from his grandparents. It is a
song of perseverance in life. His ability to sweep you away into the lyrics is impeccable. Shawn's voice lulls you, while his acoustic guitar moves into your soul.
I love that Shawn brings to life his family in his songs. You can feel the strong family connection and his dreams for the future for his children. It is simply
a gorgeous song.
2) Angel Comfort Me - Shawn's lyrics for "Angel Comfort Me" are stunning. The instrumentation on this track is exceptional. Shawn's vocals bring the song to life. This is one of those songs everyone dreams of writing.It has stayed with me all day. That says alot in this home full of music. See for yourself.
This is outstanding. Shawn is a gifted musician and singer. I believe he could be successful at whatever he chooses to do in this life.
"Angel Comfort Me" is timeless and touches everyone.
3) Not Forgotten - This is a folk /rock track with a hook! The sound of the banjo seeping through the harder edged tones keeps it in check. This is toe tapping, head bopping success. Instrumentation is fantastic with a Neil Young feel to it. Close your eyes and be swept back into the seventies folk rock scene.
One of my favorites for sure.
Shawn Lidster has absolutely won me over with "The Burning". He has such a gift for songwriting and singing. His music is pure and honest. It is pleasing to the ear and heart. Shawn knows his guitar inside and out and he proves it on this album.
"The Burning" needs to be a part of your music collection. It is the album to time stamp your life by. The entire album is excellent, track after track, all wonderful. It is definitely my favorite in this genre this year!! See for yourself.
And that's just how I see it
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