Boston area vocalist Lynn Jolicoeur step out with a winning debut release World Behind Your Eyes. Jolicoeur and The Pulse have been together since 2008 and have developed their own distinct musical voice tackling contemporary ballads with jazz / pop undertones smoldering just below the surface. Aside from solid vocals, Lynn Jolicoeur would seem to be equally as proficient as a lyricist by writing solid and accessible tunes that work effortlessly in this slightly eclectic riff on standards and a real gem in the Latin vibe created with a righteous take on the Police smash "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."
The opening tune "Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly" takes the listener back in time to the early days of fusion with this Chick Corea classic. "Tucked Away" is a wonderful ballad penned by Jolicoeur with a little help from pianist Steven Travis. A more contemporary pop / jazz approach that seems to side step the more predictable with the warmth of Jolicoeur vocals and a guitar solo from Mike Natis that has just the right amount of bite for perfect texture to transcend the expected and take the listener to a slightly different harmonic destination. "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" dates back to the title track of the 1955 Frank Sinatra release but here Lynn Jolicoeur displays an innate ability to turn from singer to story teller and with a slightly smokey finish.
A list musicians complementing a solid and incredibly strong vocal from Jolicoeur should have some heads turning soon. There is virtually nothing to find tremendous fault with here, to do so would be hyper-critical and that is simply not how I roll.
Highly recommended, incredibly entertaining with a captivating ebb and flow.
Tracks: Open Your Eyes You Can Fly; East Of The Sun; Home; Behind Your Eyes; Like A Star; Little Things; Tucked Away; Maple and Main; Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic; Out Of My Comfort Zone; In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning; A Sleepin' Bee.
Personnel: Lynn Jolicoeur: vocals; Warren Olsen: bass; Mike Natis: guitar; Steven Travis: piano, congas; Jean Marie Corrois: drums; Bill Vint: saxophone.