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Phil's Picks: Alison Faith Levy’s Latest LP Is Its Own Special Addition To This Year’s Field Of New Family Music Albums

September 3, 2021 - 12:44pm -- admin

Family Music entertainer Alison Faith Levy’s latest album, You Are Magic is officially available today.  Released through Strange Little Girl Music, the nine-song record is an interesting addition to this year’s field of new family music albums.  Its interest comes in part through its featured musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes addressed throughout the album are of interest, too and will be examined later.  The record’s sequencing puts the final touch to its presentation and will also be examined later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this record.  All things considered, the album proves to be its own special family music presentation.

Alison Faith Levy’s new album, You Are Magic is a presentation that audiences will find is itself a special, unique offering from Levy.  The record’s success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are important to examine because of their diversity.  Levy offers arrangements here that will especially appeal to older audiences.  Case in point is the arrangement featured in ‘The Gift.’  Younger audiences will not catch it, but older listeners will almost immediately catch the similarity to works from Buddy Holly what with the guitar line and the subtle use of the bells against that and the specific style of drumming (and even the sound from the drums).  ‘Putting It Back Together’ by comparison lends itself more to the semi-R&B infused pop songs of the mid-60s or so.  That is evidenced especially through the use of the keyboards.  That fuzzed, warm electric keyboard alongside the piano and their arrangements specifically point to that comparison.  By comparison, the 60s rock-influenced arrangement at the center of ‘Draw’ shows even more, the diversity in the album’s musical content.  When it is considered alongside the more modern kindie-pop sound of ‘You Are Magic,’ the 80s ballad style presentation in ‘Now Is The Moment’ and even the country-folk approach of ‘Canopy,’ the noted diversity becomes clearer.  All things considered, the musical arrangements featured throughout this record are sure to engage and entertain older audiences.  While they will immerse those listeners in the record in their own way, the lyrical themes featured alongside that musical content will appeal to them and to their younger counterparts.

The lyrical themes featured in You Are Magic are diverse in their own way.  The album’s title song delivers a message in its lyrical theme that encourages young listeners to take pride in themselves as Levy sings, “You can do it/You are magic.”  At the same time, the song also promotes a positive, ecologically friendly message about caring for the planet.  She reminds young listeners here that they can make a difference in caring for the planet while also knowing that they are special and unique.  The duality there is certain to resonate with audiences of all ages, as noted.  On yet another note, ‘Draw’ encourages young listeners to use their imaginations and put pencil to paper, letting their creativity flow.  Considering the importance of the development of children’s creativity as they themselves develop, encouraging that part of their personalities and mental health to grow is always welcome.  It also shows in its own way the diversity in the record’s lyrical themes.  The same can be said of the simple theme of gifts coming in was and places that people do not expect in the aptly titled ‘The Gift.’  Between these and other themes featured throughout the record, the whole shows clearly, the diversity in the album’s lyrical themes.  When those themes are considered along with the album’s equally diverse musical arrangements, the whole makes the album’s overall content reason enough for audiences to hear the record at least once.  The sequencing of that content rounds out the album’s most important elements.

The sequencing of this record’s content is important to address because it takes that noted diversity into full account as it presents the album’s general effect.  From one song to the next, the sound and stylistic approach in the arrangements changes.  Yet through it all, the songs maintain a certain mid-tempo approach.  To that end, this ensures that the record progresses fluidly from beginning to end while also keeping the songs’ musical content unique throughout at the same time.  The duality in that stability in the songs’ arrangements and the variance in their styles and sounds shows in its own way, the success in the sequencing.  That the sequencing also ensures the lyrical themes change from one to the next ensures even more, that engagement and entertainment.  The end result of the attention clearly paid to the sequencing is that it produces a positive general effect.  That effect works with the positivity in the content’s variety to make the whole presentation its own special work.

Alison Faith Levy’s new album, You Are Magic is a positive presentation that audiences of all ages will find worth hearing at least once.  That is proven in part through its featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements in question are quite diverse throughout.  They will find plenty of appeal among older audiences because they throw back to the golden age of music.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements add their own appeal to the record.  That is because they are also diverse.  Each theme also presents its own positive message in the process.  The overall content’s sequencing rounds out the most important of the album’s elements.  That is because it takes everything noted about the album’s musical and lyrical content into mind in establishing the album’s general effect.  Each item examined is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make You Are Magic its own special addition to this year’s field of new family music albums.

Publish Date: 
Friday, September 3, 2021