Gwen Swick

Love and Gold

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With inspirations from songs stemming from a nun who decides to leave the convent in "Amazed" to a children's play, the album takes a myriad of twists and turns, both musically and, in short spurts, qualitatively. The opening number, which doesn't seem as long as its duration suggests, runs from country to a more world music sound. Swick's voice is in fine form on the straightforward pop of "All I Know Is I Want You" and the lush harmonies on the bluesy "Faith That I'd Find You." A couple of the songs fall flat or result in being lengthened beyond their natural conclusions, especially on "All the Things Can Change." "Catsong," a spoken word tune, doesn't add much to the overall production. But the jazz hues of "I Don't Care to Love Again" and the rock riffs on "Middle of a Hurricane" only show the depths of her eclecticism.

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