CD REVIEW: Heather Lingle - Coyote Beauty
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Lingle is infectious"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Genre: R&B, Americana, Rock, Soul
Sounds Like: Cheryl Crow, Bonnie Rait, Patsy Cline
Weakness: Short Sided Songs, Lackluster Production Quality, Dated Sound, Slight Timing Errors
The CD quickly takes flight with “Coyote Beauty” a perfect rocking intro groove that serves inviting vocals against slamming Americana fretwork, rock solid rhythm section and a mesmerizing vocal front from Lingle. Track 2 “Last Call of Love” presents a slow moving follow-up piece that serves up soothing rock rhythm, rich melody against clever lyrics and and heartfelt vocals. This piece flows and ebbs its way through to emotional fruition making for an impressive follow-up piece. Track 3 “Morning Light” my personal favorite serves thought provoking lyrical content against hypnotic vocals and a grand slam chorus. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar with impressive steel guitar, slamming solos, well placed mandolin, impressive vocal harmonies and thick as a brick rhythm section. Song for song the effective combination of Lingle’s voice, world class songwriting and top flight musicianship it’s never called into question. As for her vocal abilities - she is quite impressive. Her vocal style is cut from the cloth of Cheryl Crow, Bonnie Rait, and even Patsy Cline. Lingle showcases a crystal clear vibrato, with an appealing mezzo-soprano persona. All of this makes for a strong and confident vocal ability. I especially like how her voice just sort of flows and ebbs melodically with the music. This latest CD from Lingle delivers 9 compelling tracks all providing an interesting snapshot of an amazing artist with thought provoking lyrical wisdom with messages that are positive, passionate and extremely captivating. From rocking “Whiskey for Breakfast” to striking “Leavin’ Texas” and” I Was Wrong” to grooving “I’ll Be Around” to defiant “Just Hung up the Phone” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with track 9 “Green Van” the perfect wrap for a catalogue like this
It’s fair to say the overall mix and production value sounds a bit dated when compared to other Gold Standard releases within the genera. For the record it’s 2012 so the bar is set really high for independent artists like Lingle. At the end of the day this CD possesses a lackluster sound quality lacking solid bottom end punch and crystal clear high end clarity. Looking now at the liner notes I didn't notice any indication of who the Recording, Mixing and Mastering Engineers were – not typical of Industry Standard releases. Many songs are a simply too short. I know this is a subjective art form but I would recommend stretching some of these pieces out to be least (3:30 - 4:30). I even detected a few slight timing errors on a few pieces.
I like everything about Heather Lingle. She's truly an infectious artist that possess a "Gold Standard" look, songwriting, appeal, talent, vocal passion and presence. She also is a very impressive songwriter and singer. From start to finish “Coyote Beauty” is an impressive catalogue of music. The music is warm, marketable, uplifting and very passionate. The pin drop moments are amazing, and her falsetto is to die for. The songwriting is an interesting snapshot of music from a clairvoyant artist that has the courage to not give up on her dreams throughout the tears.Make no bones about it - this gal has got some fight in her and she possesses a heart of gold. All songs are consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair and signature groove. Note for note, song for song this catalogue is extremely likeable very much like the artist herself.