Record Review: Rachel Solomon’s “Love Ourselves”

By Dave Carew

Rachel Solomon’s Love Ourselves is a seven-song meditation on the hues and shades of love. Pulling her R & B-flavored piano pop from a full palette of emotion, Rachel delves into the musical waters of love with an honesty and authenticity rarely heard in today’s pop. The result is one of the finest debut albums in recent memory.

What makes this record so special is its courageous vulnerability. Part of the art of songwriting is to determine how much of a mask you’ll wear as a writer. Rachel Solomon would seem to wear none at all, creating pop reflections that are singularly captivating because, in part, they are so bravely open and honest. This is an artist who cares deeply about love—so deeply she’s able to reveal it to others and ask for it herself.

If someone in six minutes . . . or six months . . . or six years tells me, “Rachel Solomon just wrote one of the finest love songs of this decade,” my response would be, “Of course she did. That talent is obvious in every track of Love Ourselves.”

The official CD Release Party for Love Ourselves will be on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m. at 12th & Porter.  Admission is free.

For more about Rachel Solomon, please visit:

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/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,” both now available at Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

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