Review: Ynana Rose, Ynana Rose

Ynana Rose, Ynana Rose

06 Feb, 2015 Matthew Forss


Based in California, Ynana Rose is a singer/songwriter with an affinity for introspective folk music that is heartfelt and inspiring.  The music on her debut self-titled release traverses eleven songs with contemplative folk melodies, folksy instrumentation, organic strings, soothing and meaningful vocals, along with blues, western, bluegrass, country, and jazz-tinged melodies.  In short, the album is an eclectic mix of influences with an Americana vein.

“Bettin’ On Love Again” opens with a jangly banjo and guitar, along with a lap-steel sound, and quivering strings wrapped around a folksy and rootsy melody littered with Americana sensibilities.  Ynana’s vocals are sweet, heartfelt, and the lyrics are equally-enchanting.  The folksy fiddle performance and upbeat song structures are very enthralling and catchy.  This is a very enjoyable tune with bluegrass and folk elements leading the charge.

“Everywhere” begins with a slightly solemn intro with a steady guitar melody and somber fiddle. The music is classic folk with Ynana’s evocative vocalizations in an old-time folk or country setting.  The jangly instruments are rather down-tempo and not upbeat like previous songs. Nevertheless, the music is very moving and classy with equal amounts of folk, bluegrass, roots, and even pop.

“Golden” opens with a contemplative guitar intro and Ynana’s vocals.  The music takes on a classic pop vein, but with a mature, folk or roots foundation.  The instrumentation is a winner throughout, as the steel sounds, picking noises, and natural sounds of the fiddle shine through unadulterated.  The song is very moving and majestic in a quaint way.  All of the instruments come together in just the right proportions to make it an interesting and addictive listen.

“The Love You Sow” is an upbeat old-time folk song with bluesy influences and a classic melody.  The fiddle jumps around with such dynamic fluidity and edgy grit that it seduces all who listen to it.  The plucked instrumentation is pervasive and inventive, while Ynana’s stylish vocalizations lead the song into a new dimension.  There appears to be a bit of a flamenco or Mexican influence at times, but the song is more aligned with Americana folk.

“Do You Dream Of Me” opens with a vibrant banjo tune and Ynana’s uppity vocals.  The jangly string instruments dance around Ynana’s lively vocals with such effortlessness it is like the instruments are literally connected to Ynana’s voice.  The bluegrass-tinged song is ripe with plucked melodies, sounds, and earthy rhythms that instill a nostalgic presence throughout.  The nice little ditty is quaint and addictive.

Ynana Rose has an inherent ability to create sweet, introspective stories as songs that are primarily based in the folk, roots, country, bluegrass, and old-time musical constructions. Ynana’s creative lyrics penned on nine of the eleven songs showcases her ability to create meaningful songs with adventurous sounds.  The good: Each song is unique, catchy, and dynamic.  Moreover, Ynana draws upon several musical genres and mixes them into one cohesive musical unit that should satisfy fans of folk music.  The songs are not too short and there are a good number of songs for a full-length album.  The bad: Nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Fans of music rooted in Americana, folk, roots, bluegrass, old-time, country, and even pop music will find happiness in the tunes of Ynana Rose.  However, if you are seeking an urban, dance, electronic, or overall modern recording, then this is not for you.  The music is very earthy, but the recording quality is very clear and professional.  At any rate, Ynana should be a welcome addition to any musical library.


Review by Matthew Forss
Rating: 5 Stars (out of 5)