Album Review: The Moon and the Fire Circle by Shauna Burns

Album Name: The Moon and the Fire Circle
Artist: Shauna Burns
Year/Label: 2008 / Red Rock Music

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Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

I’ve been a fan of Shauna Burns since I first heard Castle In My Cloud from her first CD, Every Thought. I have even hosted her at my home.

So I may be a bit biased, but I still think this record is beautiful. Yes, it’s similar to her others. Her sound is quite distinct and therefore when you hear a Shauna Burns song, you know it’s just that. And her songs have a tendency to be (to borrow a term I heard recently) ‘samey’ but when they’re all gorgeous I think it’s perfectly acceptable.

That said, I do think the opening track, Bloom, is a stand out. It’s orchestral, ambient, ethereal and a great composition.

Shauna’s music is sort of transcendent. It is really great to listen to when you want to ‘get away’ but can’t. I find it helpful on those stressful days. It has a wonderful calming effect.

If you’ve liked her past releases bets are you’ll like this as well.

Posted on March 25, 2008

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Shauna Burns’ debut album Every Thought was a wonderful record and her second album is fine too. The singer and pianist had written some stunning songs and her delivery is sharp.

Desert Sun is a subtly orchestrated song with a lovely melody.

Chamber is a lushly produced, beautiful number with some of Burns’ best singing.

Tumbleweed muses about full moons and lost love even as Burns’ turns in some fine piano playing.

Around You is an up tempo very radio friendly song that retains an artsy integrity.

Shauna Burns continues her artistic journey and it’s one worth following.

Posted on April 19, 2008

Track Listing
1. Bloom
2. Desert Sun
3. Comet
4. Out
5. Chamber
6. Starfish
7. Tumbleweed
8. The Caribbean Sea
9. Failed You
10. The Slow Process of Shutting Down
11. Around You
12. Magic
13. And Fire
14. When the Rain Comes

[Shauna Burns Official Site]


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