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Album Review

Jon McLaughlin left major labels behind after the 2008 release of OK Now, releasing Forever If Ever on his own in 2011, and seeing it receive a full-scale release from Razor & Tie in 2012. Holding My Breath is set to follow the same path. Partially backed by PledgeMusic, Holding My Breath is a digital self-release that appeared in the fall of 2013 and it, like its predecessor, doesn't betray its independent origin in the slightest. There's nothing at all modest or rickety about this album; even at its quietest moments it bears an expensive sheen, which is only appropriate as so much of McLaughlin's appeal rests on sound itself. He still sings sweetly, sounding plaintive on the ballads and wistful when he's happy, but it's all tied together by his soft touch: he never pushes the songs but always lets them glide. If the melodies don't stick the way they did the last time around, there's a slightly stronger sense of ambition, and that's a giveaway that this independent streak suits the mild-mannered melodicist; he wants to do things his way and on his terms. He shouldn't be docked points for wanting to do something utterly commercial and conventional.

Customer Reviews

Perfection

The album is a different sound for Jon in many ways, but it's a satisfying change. I love it when artists' albums have their own identities; instead of simply being different chapters in the same book, they are different novels that happen to be written by the same author.

All in all, it is a phenomenal album. As always, Jon paid keen attention to every single note and instrument for all 12 songs, and it paid off incredibly well. And it goes without saying his voice sounds amazing.

Jon Never Ceases to Please

This album, like all of his albums, is extremely cohesive. Up until this point each album has had its own unique sound/style throughout. This album is closer to Promising Promises, which you know, if you've heard Promising Promises, is a very good thing. This album seems to be more subdued and less rocking than his last, but it paces itself well. The ballads mix in well with the upbeat sing alongs and Jon branches away from the norm with orchestra pieces, a saxophone, and a beautiful instrumental ("At Night"). Simply put, Jon has delivered an album that is uniquely, and obviously, his. It's polished, fun, and beautiful. A wonderful addition to any music library.

Epic

I can't say in words how much I've missed Jon's music. He's better than ever

Biography

Born: 1983 in Anderson, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born and raised in Anderson, IN, singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin began taking classical piano lessons at an early age. Though he lost interest in the instrument during high school and was sidelined by an accident that injured both wrists, he rediscovered his talent during senior year and began incorporating his piano skills into soulful pop music. McLaughlin enrolled in the music program at Anderson University, where he studied piano...
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