"Danen Kane has been garnering attention around the country for the past few years and his following grows by the day. His latest album She (2006) is an absolutely gorgeous collection of songs and sounds. She combines the traditional art of acoustic rock with swelling ambient electric guitars, haunting piano tones, angelic melodies, and lyrical painting that will stop you in your tracks. Known for his unique and beautiful chord structures, Danen continues with this tradition with She. Emotional, beautiful, powerful and truthful, this album is timeless and will draw you to the feet of the Creator. She is a lover, a friend, and a sister. She is a harlot, a lost soul, and an orphan. She is the bride of Christ, the Church of God, and the beloved. And She is beautiful. A must have in the collection."
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The internet has been a boon to musicians, talented or otherwise. Artists that might otherwise never get noticed garner ever-growing audiences at sites such as myspace.com, purevolume.com and indieheaven.com. Sure you can be cynical and see it as just another tool for shameless self-promotion but for every dozen American Idol wannabes, there are some truly talented individuals who deserve music lovers' attention. One such artist is Green Bay native Danen Kane.
The "She" of the title is a metaphor for the Church and there's no mistaking that this artist is caught up in a passionate love affair with his God. Whether addressing a female friend who feels unlovable or calling the bride that is God's Church to return to her true love, She beautifully illustrates the tender, passionate love our Creator has for His creatures. The songs of She are a wonderful mingling of love sonnets wed to Hosea-like laments delivered lovingly to its listener.
Kane surrounds himself with a small group of professional musicians, keeping the arrangements fresh and simple. The songs are crafted around the acoustic guitar or piano and Danen's voice. A minimal drum kit and bass layered over a subtle melody fleshes out the music, creating an enjoyable, jazz-shaded pop rock sound. The music flows effortless from one track to the next. You'll want to set the repeat on your music player of choice because the ten songs of this album are over way too quickly- even though almost all of them clock in at 4 minutes or more.
She alternates between being an adoring love-letter and an ardent cry to a wayward loved one. It is a tender and moving listening experience from beginning to end. Love takes and holds center stage on each track. Do yourself a favor if you like artists such as Shane & Shane, Derek Webb, Jason Morant and Eli and send yourself a love letter.