Longtime singer Liz Graham released her new single last month, “Charcoal on a Canvas”, a song about wanting to know a person “on a deeper level.” The metaphor is an interesting one, as charcoal is literally a hands-on drawing method the use of which gets the artist’s hands quite dirty. For the artist to be able to draw the subject on canvas as Graham states she wishes to do requires the subject to open up. One would assume that this process would be painful but through the choice of an upbeat, guitar-driven track, Graham implies that however difficult it might be, it’s ultimately a joyful one. It is a song that seems to fit well with Graham’s love for performing in “intimate settings”.
There are two reasons why the track could easily pass for an early Cranberries offering. First, from the very first notes, the melody sounds inspired by the band’s sound. Second, even if Graham’s vocal chops lack the strength typical of songs by the famed Irish alternative rock band, they are still very reminiscent of their singer, Dolores O’Riordan, as well as Natalie Merchant. A catchy adult contemporary track, “Charcoal on a Canvas” will no doubt please lovers of the genre. It certainly has a certain sticky factor to it and will make a strong addition to any playlist to be used during a weekend get-together.
Pictures provided by Independent Music Promotions.
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