If the new record by Tammy Payne entitled Viva Outsider isn’t a well-produced album then I don’t know what is. Viva Outsider is a great listen from a purely aesthetic perspective. Payne’s voice is warm, soulful and eloquent but the instrumentation from the stand up bass to the drum sounds is also top notch. It’s droll worthy stuff that audiophiles will want to listen to whether or not they enjoy the music.
Viva Outsider is a great sounding album but we are fortunate enough to also have a stack of well-written songs that showcase a talented singer. Payne’s voice lures you in and is one of the best female jazz singers I have heard in recent memory. At its core this is a jazz album but it also incorporates styles such as bossa nova, pop and even a dash of salsa. Some songs experiment with unconventional time signatures that no amateur would attempt to play while others are sparse, subtle and let Payne’s voice shine.
The album opens with “Talk to Me Instead,” which contains a rich variety of instrumentation that creates the perfect lounge-like atmosphere. If you want hang out in an outside patio with a cocktail this song should be on repeat. It is sultry, seductive but also a lot of class.
“Viva Outsider” is slightly more upbeat and an old school dance song that the cats would dance to back in the day while “Some People” utilizes little more than a standup bass, drums and vocals.
A highlight amongst the impressive lineup of song is “She.” I was digging the ‘70s soul vibe that combined with slick rhythms and instrumentation. Only a gosh darn fool would turn this song off. The album closes with a waltz entitled “Raise a Glass” in which Payne claims she is “going too kick your ass.” More proof you don’t need much to make Payne sound good.
Viva Outsider is consistently good. You can enjoy it with friends, by yourself or at a party in which people still like to have conversation. Love it.
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