I’m not disappointed.
Kennedy is like a throaty, pop version of Kathleen Edwards, and her passion for songwriting shines through on The In Between, the newest album from the Oakville, Ont. native. It’s an experiment in optimism and angst – somehow Rachael Kennedy manages to balance both.
Her first single is the layered track, ‘Living Your Heart Out’. It’s an upbeat tune with soaring vocals and plenty of experimental rises and falls. Midway through, you’re hooked and find yourself wondering what else you’ll find on this album.
She follows with ‘The In Between’, which starts slowly but then jumps into a foot-tapping rhythm. Kennedy’s experiments with her range seem Imogen Heap-inspired and completely suit her.
In ‘The Rescue’, Kennedy’s lyrics lament for the past while her vocals grow stronger with each strum of her guitar. It runs the gamut from slow, wistful melody, to beat-heavy pop chorus, but Kennedy never loses her voice.
‘Only a Dream’ is the hidden gem on the EP. Catchy and polished, Kennedy shines in this song from the second it starts. It’s easy to listen to, showcasing her youthful energy and unique voice.
The album ends with ‘Coming Back for Me’, where the scratchy guitar rhythms are the perfect complement to Kennedy’s voice. Her confidence shines through and as the final note fades away, you realize that you’ve been rooting for Rachael Kennedy. She is likeable and full of a gravelly innocence that brings fresh perspective to the old themes of heartbreak and self-reflection. Her haunting melodies give you something to think about.
The In Between is set for release on October 11. You can check out a preview of ‘Living Your Heart Out’, which is available September 3.