Lindsey Webster is back for 2018 with a new release. The album is Love Inside, and Webster’s evolution as a singer/songwriter is on full display. She builds on the success of the 2016 album, Back To Your Heart.
Webster is in a unique place right now, as there aren’t many young R&B/Jazz vocalists out there. She fills that void nicely, and the band as a whole completes the package.
Review – “Love Inside” by Lindsey Webster
The album kicks off with the first single, Love Inside. I have to start out by saying that the band is like a fine-tuned machine. You hear that guitar riff at the start, and you will say to yourself, “This is going to be a hit!”
Webster commands “Love Inside” with a cool that no other current singer possesses. The track is seven minutes long, so there is plenty of time for a smooth guitar solo and a piano breakdown.
A Love Before is up next. This is an uptempo track, and Webster effortlessly rides that groove like those classic jazz singers of years gone by. With the delivery of the first line, “I had a love before,” you know this will be a track that will be stuck on repeat. I also have to give Keith Slattery some love for the stellar keyboard playing.
The next track is titled Bad Grammar (Me & You), and a breakup song never sounded so good. It is all good here, as Webster raises the bar on what a mid-tempo song should sound like.
At first listen, Free To Be Me instantly became my favorite cut on the album, . Everything is on point here; the drums, the strings, and of course, the synthesizer solo. As an added bonus, Norman Brown makes a guest appearance on guitar. The song builds slowly, and the energy at the end will leave you wanting more.
Next, the band breaks it down a little with Dream. Quite simply, this is the cool down as Webster’s vocals and Slattery’s piano play off of each other so well. The vibe of the song will put you in your comfortable space. Listening to this brought be back to a place as I reminisced about a lost love.
Don’t Give Up On Me is next. The bass drives this track, and that is definitely not a bad thing. The bassline compliments the vocals during the verses, and the keyboards accent the hook. It is one of the better tracks on the album.
Maybe it is just me, but One Last Time reminds me of the Rippingtons. I am not mad at that, as I also love their style. This is a track to listen to when you are sitting on a beach with your favorite adult beverage.
After the nice interlude of Even If He Lied, the track Walk Away is one that took me to a smoke-filled lounge. Imagine a small club, dimmed lights, candles on the individual tables, and everyone is dressed to the nines. You look up and the band is performing this particular song.
That moment will be the high point of the weekend, trust me.
Webster made a guest appearance on Rick Braun‘s album, Around The Horn. Now, Braun returns the favor on It’s Not You It’s Me. There is something about the trumpet that takes a song to another level, especially when Rick Braun is playing. Sensuality is all around with this track.
Opportunity 2.0 is next, and this is a track that you can add to your inspirational playlist. There are some songs that you need to hear to get you going. This is one of those….but the evening version, one you play after a hard day at work.
The project concludes with By My Side. I believe that you should start and end an album with some of your best songs. By My side is a perfect song to close it out. If this were a concert, you would be clamoring for an encore after this performance.
Webster’s growth is evident here, and the songs just keep getting better and more mature. Love Inside is also an album that would be a great introduction for those that are new to the genre.
You will definitely want to add these songs to your favorite playlist.