The Bottom Line
- Fill Me Up
- These Four Walls
- Venetian Blue
- Let It Slide
- Shawn Colvin just writes great songs
- More of the sad and lonely, sweet, honest tunes
- A great record to listen to during a rain storm
Guide Review - Shawn Colvin - These Four Walls
These Four Walls is absolutely teeming with musical gems like the album's opener, the sonically upbeat "Fill Me Up." It's the same old lonely lyrics, but with a skip-down-the-street quality to them. A couple of songs later, she moves on to just plain groveling on "Venetian Blue," with lines like, "Where did you come from, how could you leave, and why can't you be mine?"
From there, she moves on to "The Bird," which is a more liberating heartbreak tune. In it, Colvin sings a more transcendant melody and a hook that ends with, "What I like about the bird is she don't need nothing but sky."
The bottom line is that Colvin just writes good songs. As a matter of fact, her songs are so good that it's hard to get through the whole album without feeling inspired to go write a great one yourself. It's been a while since Shawn Colvin released a record, and it was well worth the wait.