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Shaun Barrowes is an outstanding contemporary US pop-jazz singer, songwriter and piano player who once came in at 42nd place in the hit television series American Idol. He has just released his third album, Big Bang Theory, after making it through to the funding stage on music finance website slicethepie, where investors received discounted contracts in his album for just 10p each. After a two year period these contracts pay out to the investors £1 for every 10,000 albums sold and 10p for every single sold per contract. They went on release to the general public for £1.50 each and have now settled at a value of approximately £3 each, after hitting £9.99 each for a few minutes.
Shaun has previously released two albums which sold thousands of copies and he claims to have recently toured 21 american cities and doubled his audience this time round. Impressively, Shaun has worked with some of the best record producers in America whose credits include top names such as Madonna, Destiny's Child and No Doubt, has written music for both Sony and Universal records, received airplay on US and UK and Italian radio stations and won an international songwriting contest for his ballad 'When I Take Your Hand' He has also been acclaimed by celebrities such as Norah Jones and Celine Dion.
Musically, Big Bang Theory, starts and ends with a hymn-like intro and outro. What's contained in between is some very dynamic fingerwork on the piano, superbly performed melodic vocals and songs, of which every one must be a hit in it's own right. Shaun Barrowes produced this album himself, and I know that he spent a lot of money and a lot of hard work on it, involving some very prestigious people in the music industry.
Track 2, 'Fade' kicks the album off (after the intro) with a lively upbeat funky rhythm and jazzy arrangement really getting you into the mood and feel of the album. This is followed by an even more upbeat and energetic song, 'Hop, Skip & A Jump' which then really starts to get the adrenaline pumping. Before you know sentimentality begins to show on the third track, 'When I Take Your Hand' which can only be described as a beautiful song with some impressive piano playing. 'Like There's No More Love To Go Round' livens things up a little again and is made up of a catchy chorus melody before things chill and calm right down for 'Seperate Trains' which is a very solemn emotional track.
The following few tracks, In My Back Pocket, When I Need You The Most, I Love You Today, Somebody Like You and I Still Loved You are all quite calm soft soothing love songs with a very subtle jazz style and tonnes of melodic piano runs. The final track before the outro, Never For My Sake, turns out to be somewhat of a classic and really completes the album polishing it off nicely.