Album Review: STARLIGHT - Jon Stevens

Starlight is the latest solo offering from singer Jon Stevens. Stevens collaborated closely on this album with renowned English musician, songwriter and producer Dave Stewart, best known for his work with Eurythmics. Recorded in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the album was produced by Dave Stewart and with all songs co-written by Stevens and Stewart, Starlight is a collaboration that simply ‘works’. Jon says that the songwriting process between the two happened instantly and easily and that is evident in the end product of the songs on this album.

There is a good mix of styles to keep things interesting as well. The first track is the rocking ‘Hold On’ that showcases Stevens’ powerful vocals and, according to Jon, translates well to live performance which is always a plus. There’s a taste of blues in ‘Oh Lord’; a touch of Gospel in ‘All About the People’ which also features a ‘rap’ from Jon’s son Levi. Long-time friend Vanessa Amorosi shares vocal duties on ‘Something Bout You’ and the ballad, ‘One Way Street’ boasts Ringo Starr on drums. Coming straight from the heart, the title track, ‘Starlight’, is a moving song about suicide but it has a rather catchy chorus despite its dark content.

While Stewart’s influence on Starlight enhances the flavour and adds obvious polish to the album, the overall sound is still Jon Stevens but with the sense of a renewed energy and power that makes Starlight shine.

 

by Sharyn Hamey

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