Rachel Lynn Sebastian – Raven Heart
“Raven Heart” was successfully released, October 4th, 2013. First a bit about Sebastian: The power, determination and emotion of completing the project was a mirror of the lyrics and music within its cover. “Raven Heart” is the name of Rachel’s future son and the title track of the album. The album relates especially to spiritually mature men and woman who have experienced the spectrum that life brings in love, purpose, self-realization, relationship and family. One can expect to dance, laugh, cry, smile, reflect and heal while listening to “Raven Heart’s twelve fully-realized songs. The organic gypsy-soul-rock instrumentation supports Rachel’s every vocal inflection and features live cello and percussion. Each song was written to stand out on its own and will no doubt become a favorite to Rachel Lynn’s diverse fan-base.
Most would agree most popular artists out there have something truly special to give to their fans. This goes above the typical attributes like raw talent, amazing songs, nice voice, or even a very marketable look, sound & image. There’s something truly infectious at the core of these artists that simply makes us feel good when we listen to them. Whatever “it” is – they all seem to have “it”. Today I listened to the latest CD from Northridge, CA based Rachel Lynn Sebastian entitled Raven Heart (2013). Venturing to their website I get the impression this is one very young and marketable artist that is extremely determined and passionate about the songwriting craft. From start to finish this 12 Track release from Sebastian delivers and is a very entertaining musical experience. It has a very warm and inviting pop-alternative rock quality to it, and even dabbles in college rock or indie rock. It also reminds me of Missy Higgins, Vanessa Carlton, A Fine Frenzy and KT Tunstall. Other comparison for me are: Aimee Mann, Heather Nova, Beth Hart and a touch of Evenescense. Any fans of any of these musical styles or bands will enjoy this latest release from Sebastian. It’s clearly marketed for those who like a female vocal front. I get the impression Sebastian is letting it all hang out via this compelling 12 track line up. In other words she hits the mark remarkably well by just by being who she is musically.
Favorite tracks include (Crazy – Crazy – Crazy), (Oh, Spirit), (Sunday Night Fever) and (My Life).
All songs strike the perfect balance between rock, alternative rock and hooky pop. The songwriting is impressive and digs a bit deeper than the next independent artist. Within each one of these pieces Sebastian bares her soul and delivers what I would call pure musical mojo. It offers much in the way of passion and compelling-thought provoking lyrical content. The playing from Sebastian’s band is spot on and just makes the whole CD even more enjoyable. The overall vibe of the production is very uplifting and sometimes melancholy with pockets of hope shining through.
I see Rachel Lynn Sebastian as a real diamond in the rough, with an amazing amount of potential. As time goes by we will no doubt hear more from her. She is a record contract waiting to happen. I also wouldn’t be surprised to hear her music featured on the Prime Time Radio someday. In close most famous artists out there have “it” I’m not so sure what it is, but Rachel Lynn Sebastian has whatever “it” is.
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Jim Hovarka. Approved by Cyrus Rhodes