If you get excited by the life stories presented with grace, delicacy and depth, if your heart warms by listening to the acoustic sounds presented with essentiality but also with a wealth of shades, then this “Caged Bird” is for you. Her own sound, her own poetics and always giving the overall impression of a confident and highly gifted artist. “Caged Bird” has great cohesion and is above average quality.
Her training as a classical acoustic guitar player allows her to colour her compositions with sharp eye for detail. Her storytelling capabilities turns the mainly autobiographical lyrics into songs with universal appeal. Melancholy and resilience are both trying to get the upper hand. There is no clear winner, which is just as well. Real life does not do Hollywood endings.
She has succeed in opening a huge door of favor. When the different strings come into play, it gets really sensual, melancholic, thoughtful. For example, “Judging” is a beautiful staging of melancholy.
Ellen Shaes new record is bursting with autobiographical songs. a shot of melancholy, an enchanting flawless voice characterizes her sound. She writes great and delicious song material to conquer a place in our heart.
The elegant, personally colored folk pop and country rock ballads Ellen Shae wrote could hardly have been staged more authentically. Ellen also addresses universal political issues and then makes them her own in a poetic-allegorical way.