SJ Tucker has presented her fans with yet another quality release with this newest offering of Sirens (Autographed copies available from magickware.com). The music starts off with an accappella song called The Drowning, which wonderfully displays SJ’s strong voice and breadth of talent. Ms. Tucker once again wows her fans with strong story telling qualities in her music. Unlike other artists she avoids a formulaic style and surprises with an abundance of new rhythm and unusual composition. The fourth track on this CD is my new favorite. Cold Sunshine is unlike any of her other music. I put it on repeat while working on paintings one evening, and my husband, another SJ fan, asked who was singing.
This collection includes the Wendy Trilogy, a retelling of the Peter Pan story from Wendy’s point of view. Only, instead of the timid, good girl of traditional childhood stories, this Wendy is a strong and proud lady pirate. The trilogy comprises tracks 5 (Wendy on Board), 8 (Red-handed Jill) and 11 (Green-eyed Sue/Sue’s Jig), leaving the listener on edge waiting for the saga’s chapters to roll around in between the other musical offerings. There are a total of 14 tracks with well over an hour’s worth of music.
The only thing I found lacking in this CD were the frequently funny comments and tales that SJ includes during her live shows. Not only is she a highly accomplished songwriter and performer, she is also a talented comedian and storyteller. Now, if I can only regain possession of my copy of Sirens. My daughter, a huge fan of SJ’s, has absconded with it. What’s a mother to do?