Saving Our Hearts – Madisyn Whajne (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Music can be many different things to many people. It can bring joy or sadness, can be fun and throw-away or deep and meaningful, it can be analytical, it can be hopeful and so on through a vast spectrum of attitudes and emotions. But to those who make the music, it can also be therapeutic, exorcising and redemptive, the perfect creative way of listening to your heart, exploring the soul and laying down the mind’s burdens.

It would seem that whilst all those former elements and emotions greet the listener on Madisyn Whajne‘s debut album, it is her quest for meaning and purpose, her emotional journeys and personal self-exploration which are the creative here. But don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a brooding or heavy affair, ironically Save Our Hearts is as sassy a slice of power-pop, as you re likely to hear. And when the narrative does come from a deeper and darker place, Whajne always emerges at the other end of the song grasping the silver-lining.

Summer Love sets the album up perfectly, displaying her dream-like vocals brilliantly over chiming guitars (courtesy of Soft Set‘s James Gray) and tumbling drums, a sixties vibe pushed through an 80’s dream-pop filter to create some poised indie-pop for the present day. So In Love echoes with that blend of rock energy and pop euphoria that The Primitives captured so well.

Before long you realise that Madisyn Whajne is a sonic chameleon, able to shift and evolve into the perfect representation of whichever genre she chooses to appropriate as the musical vehicle for any given song. Don’t Walk Away and Fire could easily be long lost Darling Buds or Altered Images songs, Never Give In is a perfectly crafted indie-pop ballad and Dagger is deft and dynamic rock music for the modern age.

Save Our Hearts is an elegant and eloquent album. One which creates its sounds by blurring lines between pop, rock and indie, between the mainstream and more discerning underground tastes, between the past and the present. One day all albums will be made this way and the world will be a better place for it.

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