Dan Harra-Nashville Music News
Pieces in the Dark
Several years ago, my ex-wife said she was jealous because I tended to “fall in love with chick singers.” If that is the case, then I’m ready to settle down for a long-term relationship with California-based Sunnie Haeger after listening to her new CD, Pieces In The Dark. From the opening track through to the 12th song on the CD, I am enjoying the music of Sunnie.
What I find interesting is the blending of styles on the album. Normally, I see that as a detraction, but Sunnie makes it work – and work well. “Over and Over”, the first track, is an alt-pop type song, reminiscent of Natalie Merchant. That leads into what I would call the Santana-esque “Illusive Lover” with a nice Latin flavor and some killer guitar licks. Two more Latin styled songs on the album are track 4, “Indescribable,” and track 7, “Missing”.
From there, “Alive and Free” gives us a pop-rock song that could compete with anything Alanis Morissette or Avril Lavigne have kicked out. “Minute Past the Hurt” opens the Country door, complete with slide guitar, albeit the newer “pop country” portal. The final style change comes in “Something From you,” an upbeat island pop song with some great lyrics, including “As I recall you weren’t even that cute / Still I thought I’d hear something from you” as she talks about the one that didn’t call back and now finds herself waiting by the phone.
My only disappointment on the album is track 8, “Proximity,” which – in my opinion – has some forced rhymes that detract from the lyrical content. Okay, perhaps a little technical for the average listener, but still something that caught my ear.
"Pieces In The Dark" is a really good album and I say "BUY IT" and enjoy strong writing, good melodies, great musicianship, a clear and powerful voice and – yes – even the style changes which make it that much more likeable.