Fernande McNabb Fernande McNabb

Fernande McNabb Fernande McNabb
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This Calgary-born Manitoba resident has a lovely vibrato and a clear Shania Twain-style delivery, albeit without the playfulness. McNabb says she intended on recording two songs for a demo but walked out with nine songs, resulting in this debut. The production is simple and clean, though bordering on lifeless.

McNabb has some talent and some singable melodies, but if she wants to see some action on the charts, she'll have to imbue some cleverness into her safe country girl lyrics. The most interesting song is "Imagination," with a reggae beat and walking bass, that lets out the gypsy jazziness that McNabb restrains in her more traditional country numbers. Much of this record is bluesy in the Amanda Marshall sense, though she can't do Joplin like Marshall can.

Still, there are some nuggets in here that suggest it's worth hoping that someone with deep pockets takes her to Nashville to explore the talent that is hinted at here. (Independent)