Artist sways listeners with soft tunes

Simple, soft vocals ooze on each track of Missy Higgins’ “On A Clear Night” album.

The Australian pop, indie artist released it in 2007 following the success of “The Sound of White.”

Higgins has a vocal quality that is similar to Sara Bareilles and Christina Perri. Her soft sentimental tone meshes well with the instruments used on each track.

Over the course of six months, she spent time gaining inspiration from Broome, Western Australia.

Some of the tracks reflect the landscapes she witnessed and also contains some songs about past relationships.

“Where I Stood” opens with Higgins’ ballad-like, deep tone sitting nicely on top of simple piano chords. Drums lightly join in and allow Higgins’ vocals to shine.

The chorus “Cause I don’t know who I am, who I am without you” draws listeners in and showcases a sense of desperation that many feel in the mist of a break up.

This is one of the best tracks on the album and has been featured on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” and Lifetime’s “The Client List.”

“100 Rounds The Bend” gave the album a nice change of pace that showcases Higgins’ range and her versatility.

The third track and her first single off the album “Steer” reflects her love for her country and how she admires the Broome beach at night.

It features more high-pitch vocals than the other songs and has an upbeat tempo that makes the song very catchy to listen to.

 Even though it is more on the fast side, Higgins’ maintains the acoustic vibe that she tends to stick with throughout the album.

Inspired by her second breakup with her ex-boyfriend, “Peachy” shows a darker side of Higgins’ and is one of the shorter songs on the album.

“It’s all those mind games you play with someone you’ve just broken up with,” Higgins said to the Herald Sun. “They’re pretending they’ve moved on; you’re pretending you have, too, but neither of you has. It’s ridiculous.”

The album closes out with “Forgive Me” which is a ballad that everyone can easily connect to and her vocals are accented well with just a guitar backing her up.

“On A Clear Night” is perfect for people who just need something to listen to while they just want to reflect and think about life.

It’s smooth quality is something mainstream indie-pop is missing. Some of the tracks do lack depth but overall it is worth a listen.

Higgins last released an album in 2012 called “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.”

Ivanna Tucker / KSLC Assistant

Music Director

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