It is highly likely to be catching Helen Schneider's curious hazel eyes, if you're trying to put flesh on the word versatility. You'd barely find another female artist succeeding in presenting herself continually afresh with as much playful ease as Helen. Be it on stage, as a major force in musical-theatre or fronting a microphone in a recording-studio - she's eliciting each and every nuance of her characteristic voice. Even in private, she was never shy of confronting challenges, both highs and lows, which she had experienced aplenty within the last 63 years.
Always gallantly taking hold of chances, she unhesitatingly faced even the most difficult moments, when it came to dealing with losing a beloved person. It's her courage to realign her life time and again, that is blessing her with versatility in turn. Having packed up her last album Collective Memory, released in September 2015, with some very personal life experiences told in twelve marvelous songs, she continues this path with her new record Movin' On. It features ten new songs, dealing with departure and life's continuation after having overcome grief.
In collaboration with her guitarist Jo Ambros and her friendly colleague Linda Uruburu, she created tracks for her seventeenth album, that are bursting with life-affirming notes. With Jo taking care of the album's musical alignment, Linda made sure that its lyrical content is nourishing on a very high level. The first song "Slippery Slope of Life" captivates with stark instrumentation, building an ideal space for Helen's immensely multifaceted voice to come to the fore, accompanied mostly by Jo's guitar-playing. In "Haze" she lyrically describes the many possible paths and choices to be taken in one's life. Subtle, yet driving percussion is the force that underlines the optimistic words in "Look at How She Flies"
"Follow My Heart" is a beautiful ballad, while electric guitars are called into, action in "Satisfaction's Never Guaranteed," revealing Helen's rockier side. The single "Break the Chains" is the first taste of the new album. Its impulsive guitars will undoubtedly whet anyone's appetite for more. With Movin' On Helen Schneider is presenting an album which allows rediscovering oneself and tracing the soundtrack of life. But it's also a record which shows her as a companion who's passing on positivity and compassion by way of sensitive and delicate intonation.