Amber T is an 18 year old on a mission! Her latest single, Broken Dreams, comes hot on the heels of some big successes and National radio play. This is a youngster with some serious ambition.
Fortunately, to go with her ambition, Amber also has a great voice. Reminiscent of 90s era pop divas like Toni Braxton or Jennifer Lopez, her confident vocals carry her. Not just a vocalist, but a musician too, I can imagine that Amber T is a smooth and confident performer. There’s something really endearing about her. She clearly loves what she does.
There are places in the track that remind me of Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World. The rhythm is similar and the whole feel of the song has an ability to sound both current and a little 90s. Almost a little tiny bit of country twang in places too, which all adds to the versatility of Amber T’s voice.
Occasional backing harmonies come in in the chorus to bolster up the lead vocal and add some extra power and emotion to the message. There’s a brief lo-fi moment on the drums which was unexpected and added to the overall interest of the song.
As a song which grabs your attention immediately, this is a radio friendly track and I’m sure with the right promotions behind it, Broken Dreams has everything needed to make this a success. Its a good length for commercial air play.
From my own perspective on production, I’d give a boost around 150Hz to give some more warmth to the low end of the track. A boost at 50Hz will give the kick more thump and a cut around 800 will reduce slightly honky/nasality in the overall track. I’d also give a little boost to the top three octaves to give a little more life, character and air to the track. This is a well written and well performed song, and the production suggestions are purely my own opinion.
I’m excited to see a youngster as ambitious as Amber T and with a great voice, and some real songwriting chops, I expect to see her soar.