After following her alt-country influences for the duration of four albums, award winning Canadian singer/songwriter Christina Martin has let a shift come into her music with her latest offering, ten track release It’ll Be Alright. Winding in slightly rockier influences to the music, there’s a rougher and feister edge to the album, making the work both her most mature and accessible release to date. Working closely with her husband Dale Murray, she’s been sure to do her own thing and not be guided by her previous musical accomplishments.
From the wavering riffs that open the album with its title track, there’s a refreshing sense of determination in the music, one that floods into the staccato vocals, making the commencement to the record punchy, rocky and memorable. Though more empathetic, Reaching Out retains the sharp, striking quality to the vocals making it easy to see why Christina’s had so much success.
For such a powerful title, I’ve Got A Gun encompasses a surprisingly soft sound, the vocal work more alluring than threatening. There are still hints of country music piercing through the lethargic pace, and comparisons could be made to an electric-driven Lady Antebellum, with some riffs that nod their head towards the world of classic rock more than modern country.
Think of the guitar in the opening of Mumm-ra’s She’s Got You High (best known for being on the (500) Days Of Summer soundtrack) and you’ve pretty much gathered the opening to Christina’s Lines. This drops away for distinctly sparse and hollow percussion to support the sentimental lyricism, whilst Puppet Museum reverts to the aforementioned classic riffs and lethargic pace, vocals meandering across the music.
Impassioned You Ran From Me drops into Take Me Back In A Dream, a minimalistic number that allows the country and acoustic influences to swell the music, understated yet just as powerful. Flowing into You Don’t Have To Leave Tonight, the same downplayed riffs back up the longing vocals.
There’s a homage to poppy influences in Things You Can’t Tell By Looking Her Way, and No Doubt-esque moments creep into the sound, before loving four and a half minute Somewhere With You brings things to a close and shows off Christina’s story telling capabilities.
This album is a real triumph, and Christina’s thoroughly adapted to the new style she’s taken on board, creating ten track that’ll appeal to indie rock and country fans alike.