Kim Yarson -Thankful
Artist/Band: Kim Yarson – http://www.kimyarson.com/
About the Artist: Yarson hails from Trenton, New Jersey. This is her latest release entitled Thankful released in 2011 under Gratitude Records. She has received many impressive accolades during her tenure as a local artist including a nomination for BestFemale Singer/Songwriter and Album of the year by Jersey Acoustic Music.
Review: “Thankful” (2012) is her second official release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances. First: Yarson’s impressive band delivers rock solid playing like a well oiled machine. This is testament to hundreds of hours of rehearsal time no doubt. Second: Yarson’s voice and overall look hit the mark remarkably well. She has the attributes required of an effective Singer/Songwriter. Third: her sound and amazing songwriting touch are as good as it gets’. All songs are a skillful combination of modern pop rock yet with a slight Country aftertaste that will remind you of Shania Twain, Jewel, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and even The Dixie Chicks. Yarson has the creativity and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. There is also a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold when compared to the mundane pop-rock that’s been filling the airwaves lately. What am I trying to say – well let m start by saying there is nothing fake and superficial about Kim Yarson. Not every square inch is filled with musical ambience delivered under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe on its own with passion that cannot be faked. Equally as impressive is how marketable this catalogue truly is. It covers so much ground and despite this it manages to not spread itself to thin across to many lines – nice touch. I’ll even go so far as to say some peices could be used in a Contemporary Christian market. I’ve always said if you can play it a party or a gathering, then it’s marketable. The music is extremely marketable – with a fresh sound that is passionate and entertaining very much like Yarson herself. All 13 tracks will genuinely lift your spirits unlike most music you hear on the radio these days.
Favorite Track: Title Track
Songs from Thankful can be purchased via I-TUNES – http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thankful/id457699961
Buy the whole album via CD BABY – http://beta.cdbaby.com/cd/kimyarson1
Donate to Kickstarter http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kimyarson/kim-yarsons-first-music-video-for-thankful-cd
Conclusion: Let me go on record by sating Kim Yarson has no weaknesses that I can see and hear. She has everything! Her latest release Thankful is an endearing album limited by nothing. I would imagine in time we will hear more from this unit from New Jersey as the years unfold. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one artist that is set up for marketable success down the road with her musical personality and fresh sound that gives modern music a well needed wake up call.
Heather Savage edited by Devin McAlister