What If It All Means Something [Bonus Track]

What If It All Means Something [Bonus Track]

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by Chantal Kreviazuk
     
 
When Chantal Kreviazuk began her career in the late '90s, comparisons to fellow Canuck Sarah McLachlan were inevitable and irresistible. With 2003's What if It All Means Something, however, Kreviazuk is for the most part far removed from that ethereal piano-driven style and the album shows a new side of Kreviazuk: less self-absorbed, more at ease with her place

Overview

When Chantal Kreviazuk began her career in the late '90s, comparisons to fellow Canuck Sarah McLachlan were inevitable and irresistible. With 2003's What if It All Means Something, however, Kreviazuk is for the most part far removed from that ethereal piano-driven style and the album shows a new side of Kreviazuk: less self-absorbed, more at ease with her place in the grand scheme. There is a general theme to be gleaned from her rather lofty title: that of a woman looking with wonder at the sheer largeness of the world and carving personal space within it. For the most part the results are solid, limited only by some unimaginative arrangements and an unfortunate tendency toward repetitive refrains. The undeniably McLachlan-like "In This Life" was a smart choice for the lead single; with its bright lyrics and brisk arrangement, it's easily the best track of the lot. "Time" follows in that tune's sweeping, orchestrated style and is a solid cut in its own right, as is "Waiting," which benefits from a beautifully chosen electric piano melody and some effective yet unimposing backing vocals from Michelle Branch. There are a few dreadful filler tracks -- "Weight of the World" and "Ready for Your Love" being particularly insipid entries -- but on the whole, What if It All Means Something is an enjoyable album, neither arty nor obtuse, yet not a breakthrough on any level.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/22/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998648227
catalogNumber:
86482

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chantal Kreviazuk   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Joyce Hammann   Violin
John Kalodner   Voices
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Shawn Pelton   Percussion,Drums
Cenovia Cummins   Violin
Gerry Leonard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Avril Brown   Violin
Dorothy Lawson   Cello
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Mary Whitaker   Violin
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Sylvia Davanzo   Violin
Krystof Witek   Violin
Sherrod Barnes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Adam Grabois   Cello
Conway Kuo   Viola
Ralph Farris   Conductor,Viola
Jamie Edwards   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Gregg Wattenberg   Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Conrad Harris   Violin
Michelle Branch   Background Vocals
Adam Hyman   Viola
David Gold   Viola
Mary L. Rowell   Violin
Jeff Allen   Bass

Technical Credits

Shawn Pelton   Programming
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Art Smith   Guitar Techician
Brian West   Arranger
Raine Maida   Composer
Chantal Kreviazuk   Arranger,Composer
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Chuck Zwicky   Engineer
Gerald Eaton   Arranger
Ralph Farris   Arranger,Score
Jamie Edwards   Arranger
Gregg Wattenberg   Producer,Engineer
Prophet B.W. West   Composer
Ross Peterson   Engineer

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What If It All Means Something [Bonus Track] 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is truly beautiful. It is real music: it contains real instruments with real lyrics that come from the heart. I don't have a clue why she isn't popular- I think she's the best new artist here in America. The music is so uplifting and refreshing. It keeps me dancing even when I don't feel like it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree much with Joseph's assessment, above, with the exception of calling "Weight of the World" a "dreadful filler track". It is catchy, uplifting, fun to sing along to, and has more than once helped me past a transient depression while listening to it! On the other hand, I'll go along with "Ready for Your Love" fitting that category, as it is way too "poppy" and retro for Chantal's otherwise thoughtful style of lyrics and melodic taste. Even so, I enjoy that song, too. I am also a fan of Sarah MacLachlan, and, perhaps surprisingly, it never occurred to me to compare the two. I'll agree with the similarities of the two artists (both Canadian, female, lead instruments being mainly keyboard, and their lyrics are generally thoughtful and the melodies are often light and ethereal), yet, Chantal never made me think of Sarah when I listened to her. Nevertheless, I'll agree it's likely: If you like the music of Sarah MacLachlan, no doubt you'll also enjoy that of Chantal Kreviazuk! I've enjoyed this album many times, as I have her first two, and highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I agree much with Joseph's assessment, above, with the exception of calling "Weight of the World" a "dreadful filler track". It is catchy, uplifting, fun to sing along to, and has more than once helped me past a transient depression while listening to it! On the other hand, I'll go along with "Ready for Your Love" fitting that category, as it is way too "poppy" and retro for Chantal's otherwise thoughtful and progressive style of lyrics and melodic taste. Even so, I enjoy that song, too. I am also a fan of Sarah MacLachlan, and, perhaps surprisingly, it never occurred to me to compare the two. I'll agree with the similarities of the two artists (both Canadian, female, lead instruments being mainly keyboard, and their lyrics are generally thoughtful and the melodies are often light and ethereal), yet, Chantal never made me think of Sarah when I listened to her. Never the less, I'll agree it's likely: If you like the music of Sarah MacLachlan, you'll very likely also enjoy that of Chantal Kreviazuk! I've enjoyed this album many times, as I have her first two, and highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is another great album from chantal kreviazuk. from the soaring first single "in this life" to the amazing and overlooked second single "time," chantal wrote and delivered many great songs on this album. the only problem is she gets a little to pop for my taste on some songs towards the end, and some songs seem to be a little "filler." all in all, a great album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago