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Jaime Wyatt (from the album Feel Good available on New West Records) (by Brian Rock)
Dynamic Americana artist, Jaime Wyatt spreads the good vibes on her third album Feel Good. Departing from the Outlaw Country of 2020’s critically acclaimed previous release, Neon Cross, Wyatt finds herself channeling Memphis and Laurel Canyon influences to create insightful, yet emotionally charged songs. Reverent Hammond organ chords and funky bass lines provide the backdrop as Wyatt’s passionate vocals celebrate love, life, and the environment.
“World Worth Keeping” is an eco-anthem that seeks to make every day Earth Day. Vintage early 70’s West Coast Rock rhythms set the tone as Jaime Wyatt sings, ‘I’d like my children and yours to see all of the earth and its boon. I’d like to show them the mountains and say, drink from the clear spring’. Capturing the feel of Three Dog Nights “Out in The Country”, Wyatt urges us to behold the natural beauty surrounding us and to take steps to preserve it.
“Back to the Country” continues the sentiment with lush, Laurel Canyon rhythms. Jaime Wyatt’s fervent vocals and the Hammond organ give the song a Sunday morning hymnal feel. She pursues more sensual sentiments on the girl group inspired “Jukebox Holiday”. Wyatt returns to her Outlaw Country roots on the haunting, pedal steel driven “Ain’t Enough Whiskey”. The pedal steel continues on the Cosmic Cowboy rhythms of “Moonlighter”. The song confronts the angst of life on the road. Singing ‘I’m the outsider, I’m looking in… And like rainfall in Phoenix believe me, you’ll see me again’ she tries to cope with her constant movement. Sharing memories of one-night lovers and missing her dog back home, Wyatt confesses that her life on the road feels like ‘moonlighting’ on her life back home with her family and friends. With a voice that’s both yearning and defiant, she beautifully expresses the dilemma of her musical career.
Turning to ballads, Wyatt delivers an absolutely heart wrenching performance on “Hold Me One Last Time”. You can feel her anguish in every syllable as she moans ‘I’m sure you have your reasons why you thought goodbye was a better word to say’. Dripping with soulful Stax style horns; the song has undercurrents of 10cc’s “I’m Not in Love” and The Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down”. Poignant, personal, and passionate, it has the emotional impact of Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind”. “Where The Damned Only Go” deals with the desolate aftermath of such a painful breakup. Stark and haunting, it sounds like loneliness feels. Having faced the abyss of isolation, Wyatt finally sees the light on the Feel Good title track. Taking power over her own life she sings, ‘I quit hurting myself this week. I quit searching for forgiveness I don’t need… And all I want to do is just feel good’.
Finally able to love herself, she is free to accept love from others. “Love is a Place” erupts with joy as Jaime Wyatt sings about the life changing power of love. Singing ‘she’s freed me from a lifetime of pain’ her heart pours out a gratitude and joy that’s palpable. Capturing both the anguish of her previous loneliness and the jubilation of her new love, Jaime Wyatt’s voice is rapturous. It is the sound of a soul redeemed. Like Aretha Franklin and Linda Ronstadt before her, Jaime Wyatt is becoming a decade defining voice. The masterful musical arrangement of this song evokes the spirit of Steve Cropper and Booker T. It is glorious, vintage, life-affirming Soul music at its best. In short, Jaime Wyatt’s music will definitely make you Feel Good. (by Brian Rock)
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