In some ways, Heather Nova is more talented than many of her female singer/songwriter contemporaries. She has an appealing voice, strong lyrics, and memorable melodies -- that is, when she delivers. Unfortunately, many of her albums are uneven, with Nova delivering the goods as often as she misses the mark. The best moments on her second album, Oyster, rank among her very best work, demonstrating that she can pull off ballads, guitar pop, and hard rock with equal aplomb. The rest of the album isn't so much bad as it is bland, offering lesser versions of the good stuff. Certainly, Nova makes Oyster worth exploring -- it's just a little frustrating that the entire album doesn't deliver on the promise of its best moments.
Performance CreditsHeather Nova Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
David Ayers Bass,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Hossam Ramzy Percussion
Nadia Lanman Cello
Dean McCormick Percussion,Drums
Bobby Thompson Drums
Gareth Thomas Bass
Technical CreditsYouth Producer
David Ayers Contributor
David Bianco Engineer
Paul Rabiger Engineer
Felix Tod Producer
Christopher Marc Potter Engineer
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Oyster based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I have skimmed through the entire reviews for this album and no one really mentioned 'Maybe an Angel'. This is the song I like most off the album. When you listen to it, you will feel like me that even though her voice is a soft and smooth high-pitch one, yet it shows an incredible strength at the same time. And the music, oh boy, it is so catchy and is so compatible with her lyrics and wonderful voice. For me, this one song is worth spending money for. Her entire CD is not bad either. In fact it is excellent. Thanks to my friend, who introduced Dawson's Creek to me, through which I discovered her first from her Siren album and then this. I am plannig to get all of her CDs now. I can tell you that you will not be disappointed.