Music Review: Love’s On Track – Jessica Pruneau

Music Review: Love’s On Track – Jessica Pruneau

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Love’s on Track
Artist: Jessica Pruneau
Price: $10.00
Label: Independent

Review by William Alexandros

Country singer-songwriter Jessica Pruneau, from the small town of Saint-Prosper in the Beauce, offers a refreshing EP with her latest work, Love’s on Track. Pruneau masterfully arranges the music to fit her lyrics and vocals, giving a coherence and depth to every one of the EP’s five songs.

The EP’s first three songs – “Love’s on Track,” “Miss You Anymore” and “Same Old Sweet Home” – are ballads clearly written with country fans in mind. Their mildly melancholic melodies and lyrics are staples of the genre and Pruneau executes them very well, albeit without straying from the formula much. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – Pruneau’s voice and arrangements make very pleasant listening for country fans.

With the EP’s final two songs, Pruneau pushes her chosen genre in surprising directions. “Happy I Found You” is built like a country song, but scraps the acoustic guitar in favour of a ukulele-percussion line that seems lifted from the Caribbean. Meanwhile, “Fight For Us” has an almost Celtic vibe. In both instances, Pruneau’s risks pay off with a genuinely fresh sound that stands on its own without sounding gimmicky or too experimental. We’re left wishing for more.
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