Lynne Taylor Donovan – The Strong One
Sung with true passion, Lynne Taylor Donovan’s “The Strong One” is a welcoming, deeply felt piece of pop. The arrangements are impeccable with the light, airy approach working wonders. Blending together elements of jazz and country the song feels so spacious and airy. Lynne Taylor Donovan’s strong emotive vocals work wonders as the piece comes into full bloom. A sense of optimism serves as the center of the song as its reassuring message is absolute endearing, as it focuses on being able to at times rely on others. With this communal sensibility the song’s message of working together and having support feels particularly earned.
A gentle introduction begins the piece as the languid tempo reflects upon the western twang of the slide guitar. Kept stripped down at first the piece builds up ever so slightly with the attention to detail working out brilliantly. By the time the drums come in full the piece positively soars. Little flourishes of sound, like the lovely strings that are woven deep into the song’s DNA adding to the sweet tenderness that defines the piece. Opting for elegance on the song’s latter half the piano is positively elegant as it grows ever larger in the mix. For the song’s finale the tremendous amount of brilliant color feels glorious. Lynne Taylor Donovan’s voice guides the song towards its cinematic conclusion.
Embodying all that is good with country music, Lynne Taylor Donovan’s “The Strong One” is a pure joy.