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Shannon Curfman: Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions (Arista)
 
Shannon Curfman's debut album in 1999, Loud Guitars, Big Suspiciones is remarkable. Not only because a new female blues and rock star emerges, but because she was only 13 when she recorded it. Born in North Dakota, she recently moved to Minneapolis. Shannon Curfman has only been playing music for three years. Among her heroes are Stevie Wonder, Santana, Prince and Chaka Khan. Shannon says: "My goal is to be like Sheryl Crow, who is such a big part of her music - she writes, sings, plays a lot of the instruments, produces." Curfman sounds like an adult. Her vocal power is not far from the best in female rock, e.g. Bonnie Raitt's. She plays the guitar and is also a composer. The best songs on her CD are co-written by Shannon: No Riders, If You Change Your Mind, I Don't Make Promies (I Can't Break) and I'm Coming Home. She is not only at ease with hard, loud or aggressive blues and rock music, Shannon Curfman also knows to interpret ballads like I Don't Make Promises. Her first single True Friends, written by Bruce McCabe is notable, too. There are of course still limits to her singing, most noticeable in her version of J. R. Robertson's composition The Weight written for The Band (1968 - their debut single). One also wonders whether she understands all that she is singing about - her lyrics are clearly not typical for her age. But if she is able to exploit her talent and to grow artistically, Shannon Curfman could soon become a multi-talented young superstar - as Prince once was. She is not just another girlie-star like Britney Spears, only interesting for teenagers, but already a serious artist.

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