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Album Review

Sharon Little got her start singing jazz and blues standards in Philadelphia clubs. That's not what she's doing here, on her first album to be released by a national label, following the self-released full-length Drawing Circles and a seven-song EP also, confusingly enough, called Perfect Time for a Breakdown. (It shares two songs with this release.) Having hooked up with Scot Sax, formerly of the band Wanderlust, she is performing all originals, and doing so in a throaty soulful and bluesy voice over lazy folk-rock arrangements. The influences of Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin can be felt, but Little is not as histrionic as either one. In fact, she is, in a way, closer to a singer like Van Morrison as she grabs onto a phrase and repeats it to create a trance-like effect. Emotions run high on her and Sax's songs, but the breakdown the title speaks of never quite arrives, as the singer seems less anguished than mesmerized by the power of love. For those who have never heard Little before, this will be a powerful debut; for the few who have been following her all along, it will seem like a breakthrough.

Customer Reviews

Even better live

Sharon's got a great, bluesy voice and a talent for songwriting--if you have tickets for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss' Raising Sand tour, make sure you get there early to see Sharon Little and her band. They are fantastic; they more than hold their own in preparation for the greatness that follows. I wish Sharon Little all the success she can get!


This was an absolutly amazing album. Try, has to be my favorite track. My family had Sharon stay at our house for a few weeks, as my father is friends with Scot Sax. I remember staying up late before school to listen to them record and mix songs of hers. She said in her album that Child In a Storm was written about me and my younger sister. She is absolutely outstanding, and her voice just sends shivers down my spine. I will have the pleasure of seeing them perform in Lake Tahoe, NV on the 28th. We love you Sharon!

A Gem!

I saw this girl opening the show for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss and she brought the house down. What a show! These are great songs and her voice is amazing.


Born: Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Singer/songwriter Sharon Little was born in Philadelphia, PA, and began her music career as a teenager, dropping out of high school to wait tables while singing background vocals for bands and performing standards in local clubs. She self-released her debut album, Drawing Circles, on January 11, 2007. Partnering with singer/songwriter/guitarist Scot Sax (formerly of the band Wanderlust), she next issued the seven-song EP Perfect Time for a Breakdown on August 7, 2007. She signed to CBS Records in...
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Perfect Time for a Breakdown, Sharon Little
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: May 27, 2008

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