Lael Summer’s impressive debut LP, Burden To Bear, has enough sass and soul that it can definitely be hailed as capturing the quintessential New York sound. From songs that will take you back to the early 80’s such as the soft, soulful but melancholy “Make You Whole,” to the brash outspoken “You’re So Small,” where Summer really goes off on a former lover, this album will keep you wanting to listen to more.
Summer’s voice hits the high notes exquisitely, at times channeling Mariah Carey, to Alicia Keyes, with a touch of Whitney Houston. The music runs the gamut from ballad to jazz pop to soul but Summer captures a variety of emotions on Burden to Bear. Breakups, heartache, jealousy, vindictiveness, cheerfulness, optimism all comes together and work quite well as a whole on this well crafted, nicely produced album.
Burden To Bear is a strong debut from Lael Summer, an artist that is one to watch. The album is hands downs a winner on many different counts from beginning to end.
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.