Ann Vriend

Album Title: Modes of Transport
Release Date: December 3, 2005
Genre: Pop/Soul
Ann Vriend comes from the branch of silky voice songstresses that have been gracing the Canada's airwaves. Think Sarah Slean and Feist with a Calgarian folksy blues bent.

Modes of Transport is driven by pianos and a sweet homey sensibility. Vriend's voice is lovely lithe and emotionally flexible but the song arrangements are predictable and derivative which dulls the impact of her talent.

Vriend comes off best in slow jazz infused tracks like "where my hear lies" which makes excellent use of the emotional range of her voice. The album veers towards the upbeat with a positive vibe to the album that translates to an honest sentimentality bereft of derision and sarcasm. Sunny days and silver linings seem to sum up Modes of Transport.

This is a nice and friendly work that is inoffensive, mellow that goes well with a cup of coffee at 7 in the morning. "Feelin' fine" is cute and echos the overarching theme of positivity: "And oh its true every now and then a sad song comes on the radio/but otherwise I'm feeling fine". We should all take that to heart.

Writer: Frieda Luk

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