Yvonne Lyon – Everything’s Fine

EP Review | Self Release | Review by Marc Higgins | Stars: 4/5

Everything’s Fine is a single taken from the eighth and latest album, Metanoia by Yvonne Lyon. “Everything’s Fine” the track is a sparkly, light upbeat piece of Celtic Americana. Yvonne’s voice within the first moments reminds me of both Eddi Reader, who she has toured with and Aimee Mann, two of my favourite singers. Eddi is there in the freewheeling opening and chorus, Aimee’s angst singer songwriter edge in the chorus. The song, a new version of an old favourite, is upbeat, an infectious earworm with a positive lyric. “Where the Poor Find Gold” leaves the Celtic Pop Folk of the lead track. The tune is carried on a mandolin like instrument that twists into an oriental sounding instrument while Yvonne evokes an experimental Robert Plant in the middle section. Hope brings beats and scratching to the mix, with Lyon’s most ‘Aimee Mann’ vocal creating an intimate close atmosphere. The voice sample over the piano sounds like a folksy chilled Public Information Service. The whole effect is captivating right up until the end. Yvonne has delivered a three track off what sounds like an interesting, intelligent and beautiful album. Certainly makes me want to hear the rest, which I guess is the point.