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Harmony (Deluxe) by Serena Ryder

Harmony (Deluxe) by Serena Ryder

Album Review

Serena Ryder’s sixth studio album, 2013’s Harmony, showcases the Canadian singer/songwriter’s soulful and bluesy music mixing Dusty Springfield-esque ’60s R&B with a contemporary pop aesthetic. Ryder has a huge following in Canada, where her albums have gone gold and platinum and earned her several Juno awards. Prior to the release of her single “Stompa” — included on Harmony — she was not as well known in the United States, but the release of Harmony will probably go a long way toward raising her profile outside of Canada. Ryder possesses a powerful voice with a throaty timbre and a nasal resonance, making her the perfect vehicle for her brand of soulful rock. Not surprisingly, she’s drawn favorable comparisons to both Melissa Etheridge and Adele, and Harmony will do nothing to dissuade such allusions. Admittedly, Ryder fits snugly into the post-Amy Winehouse crew of female vocalists with songs that oscillate between…




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