Livin Out Loud: Take It Easy (Kin Productions)
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UK release date 10.04.2015
Livin Out Loud is an american group consisting of brother and sister, Reuben and Sylvia MacCalla. A family preoject that was launched when Reuben and Sylvia collaborated with their brother, Thomas MacCalla, to form Kin Productions as a vehicle to combine their respective artistic and business talents. According to Reuben, "We've all been very blessed with the opportunity to work in an industry that we love... and the name, 'Livin Out Loud,' is all about sharing that love."
Reuben's leads are consistently magnificent as are the harmonies, production and arrangements.I particularly like the retro sounding tracks on this sterling platter starting with the 50's DooWop inspired "Baby You're Gone" a real gem of a tune and sister Sylvia has her defining moment, raising the benchmark with the roustabout "Looking For A Good Man."
The church is never far behind their material, as a gospel influence shines through on the rollicking track "Step Up", a Pharell Williams inspired ditty which complete with a driving beat pumelling organ, tight horns and a little rock guitar thrown in for good measure.
A very soulful and MJ inspired interpretation of "You Are My Sunshine" almost steals the show. But coming in under two minutes, that mantle will have to go the big tune, "When Will I See You Again", a gorgeous slice of balladry which comes adorned with lush acoustic guitar, highlighting the duo's exemplary songwriting skills.
Reuben is a bad mama jammer and the closing track "Cuz I Gotta Know, Pt2" leaves us with an Impassioned performance. "Take It Easy" is a well rounded affair that will definately see their fanbase multiply with this rather sterling platter, highly recommended!
Words Emrys Baird