Record Review: Sara Beck’s “Technicolor”

by Dave Carew

Let me skip the preliminaries: This record is an absolute gem. In a human landscape in which people move through shades of light and shadow—seasons of the soul—Technicolor celebrates that season in which the soul is blessed by affirmation, sensuality, cool sexuality . . . the profound feeling that one is alive and not merely sleepwalking. And it explores that terrain with music that will have you dancing in your kitchen. “Ode to Joy” never did that for you.

Listening to stand-out tracks such as “Waterfall Sun” and “Technicolor” is to experience an artist so gifted and assured of her craft that she is able to paint music that sounds like those rare, magical times when the very consciousness of being alive feels like your second glass of wine.

“Technicolor” (the song) is especially pertinent as I write this, because it was inspired by Sara’s visit to Washington during the inauguration of President Obama—and the auguries of positive change she felt amid Obama’s people-of-all-colors coalition. Although it’s easy to dismiss songs of this nature (think John Lennon’s “Imagine” or John Mayer’s “Waitin’ on the World to Change”) as utopian and simplistic, the world and its better angels sometimes step up to prove otherwise. When Sara Beck sings “we’re the generation that’s going to change the world,” who, watching peace slowly come to Iraq . . . and freedom slowly flower across the Middle East . . . would dare to argue with her?

Sara Beck’s official CD Release Show for ‘Technicolor’ will be on Thursday, April 7 at The Basement in Nashville.

For more information about Sara Beck and to hear selections from her new record, visit SaraBeck.net.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

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