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Nikki Yanofsky- Solid Gold

Posted by Kat Cullen on 2017/01/03

If there’s something we all know about gold, it’s that is lustrous, precious, pure, and coveted. Coincidentally those same qualities can be applied to something else that is intangible; true love. Those feelings and sentiments are perfectly expressed on the latest release from the Canadian born and internationally acclaimed and recognized pop/jazz chanteuse. Solid Gold is a six song EP (which includes an acoustic version of one of the tracks) where Yanofsky literally opens the vault and reveals her innermost thoughts and guarded feelings towards her on going relationship that for the most part she has kept personal; that is until now.

The result is a collection of songs that are both entertaining and introspective, and the solid writing confirms her maturation from teenage sensation to worldly woman. Miss You When I’m Drunk is pure, fun, retro pop with a confession-filled lyric sheet that articulates her feelings over a brief break-up. Says Yanofsky, "My boyfriend and I broke up for about two weeks, two years into our relationship. Needless to say, those two weeks sucked. I'd tell myself I was fine during the day, but then I'd sleep in his t-shirts and with the teddy bear he got me at night. I wrote a song about how the truth really only came out when I went out and was at the same bar as him.

Young Love is a celebration of her relationship, seemingly against the odds and any potential external forces in an ‘us against the world’ pop heavy instrumentation and passionately powerful vocal performance (which also includes a version backed by only piano).  Me, Myself, & I is all about aloneness with a smooth piano and rhythmic backdrop, yet yields positively and hopefulness of accepting the situation that’s been dealt in the card game of life.

Yanofsky’s willingness to reveal her deepest, most intimate thoughts on a level of maturity is as easily relatable as Adele’s break up diatribe 23 was several years ago, minus the heavy acrimony. Solid Gold is brilliant performed, produced, and without a trace of lovelorn millennial angst with an outpouring of thoughts more than emotion.

The news gets better for fans of the Juno and Wave Smooth Jazz (among other notable recognitions) award winning singer. Solid Gold is a precursor to a full length album to be released this Spring, and a tour to support her latest musical venture.

That alone is worth its weight in gold..and then some.

Reviewed by Stu Berketo

Wave.fm/947.HD 2 On-air host

 

 

 

 

 

 

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