There are circumstances that happen in life where good things can blossom out of a situation no one wants to be in. I think it's fair to say no one wanted a pandemic to happen. One of the things I noticed is that countless musicians at this point made art while being faced with quarantine. The recent release Wish You Well by Ana Carmen is in that category.
There are eight songs on this release and at the center of the songs are acoustic guitar and vocals for the most part. Throughout the album there is other instrumentation but even if those elements were not present, you would have some great songs.
“Home” is the first song and it is sort of a mix between tender, sincere and warm. The song focuses on the spark of young love. It’s a timeless theme and well done in this instance. “Lovebird” was even better. This song felt like a mix of gratitude and also like an extension of the album title - Wish You Well. The chorus with the handclaps is very catchy.
“Black Tie Affair'' is a shift in mood. It’s more pensive and melancholy but Carmen sounds good with this aesthetic as well. The next song “Risky” is a full arrangement with a full band. This song felt like the most single worthy to me. I loved the lead guitar work and vocals.
“Honey I'm Worn” is a mix of melancholy and beauty. There are some subtle shifts in the instrumentation which make all the difference. “Seasons” is a sweeping and gorgeous piano ballad. Carmen gets a little moody and experimental with “Prisoner of Habit.” The atmosphere is a bit ominous and there are some unique effects on the vocals. “Santa Fe” is sparse closer with strong vocals.
At first I thought this was going to a run of the mill singer/songwriter album but the trajectory really blossoms into different territory. There’s some exceptional songs, especially on the second half of the album. Don’t pass this one up.
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