In the liner notes to her new album “Reasons”, singer Lindsey Webster says that “this is the most personal album I’ve ever written. You’ll likely feel the pain…but the excitement and beauty…were real moments in time…Reasons is in two parts, telling two totally different stories that occurred back-to-back.” The combination between Lindsey and her musical partner and ex-husband Keith Slattery on writing and producing duties once again works out very well.
The sophistication and smoothness of her voice and the subdued production is what makes this another standout album. By now she has become instantly recognizable, adding some edge and oomph here and there. There is a cool trumpet solo by Nicholas Payton on the brassy “I’m OK”. Randy Brecker helps out on the thumping and soulful “Stay With Me” which otherwise features a rap cameo by Kev Choice; not really my kind of tune though.
Lindsey slows it down on soft and tender cuts like “Twin Flame” and “Just The Night”, both beautiful ballads with strong messages. I think the album is at its most powerful with her signature midtempo quiet storm-type pieces like the opener “I Didn’t Mean It” which features Brian Culbertson on keys. Her vocal performances are flawless and pretty varied, like on “Love Of Your Life” featuring Nathan East on bass.
Some of the tracks start to exude their magic after several listens. I somehow overlooked “Wish You Well” at first, but it really resonates after a few spins. That’s the beauty of this album. It is a coherent effort with little surprises here and there and Lindsey’s poignant vocals holding court. Also, some hypnotic moments can happen while listening to “The Way”. No info yet if “Reasons” will come out on vinyl as well.