Artist Review: Steven Blane

Review by: Justyn Brodsky


Artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Jay-Z have contributed iconic songs on behalf of their love for New York City, but when I was contacted by Rabbi and founder of Sim Shalom, the world’s only online Jewish Universalist synagogue and singer-songwriter Steven Blane, I didn’t know what surprises he had in store. If his intention was to give me something just as iconic as the artists mentioned in my first sentence, then he succeeded quite nicely. 

Steven Blane‘s LP of Jazzy, Swingish, and Bluesy collection of tracks titled The Best of Steven Blane (So Far) is a treat for the New Yorker’s soul in ways that almost can’t be fully described. It’s just that feeling; that feeling. A feeling that also leaves a presence within you. Whether it’s walking to the Union Square train station on a Fall, breezy evening or simply sipping some wine in one of the Village bars or Tap Rooms, Blane delivers you that same iconic sound in the league of artists that could be comprised of Sinatra, Bennett, and a riffy Johnny Cash vibe as well.

His song “I Love My NYC” is definitely Blane‘s calling to one of New York’s many city-inspired and tributed songs to the lifestyle, streetlights, and surroundings of New York’s finer moments. And it’s played and performed with that delicacy in a way where you can feel the atmosphere of the city in the song itself. Blane‘s clean, and articulately mid-ranged vocal approach is definitely a huge impact on this song’s overall signature sound. The lyrics are clever, and have great narratives that grasp you into them. It’s an attention-grabber and weaves a fabric into the city’s aura and feeling. His song “Happy New Year” also brings out this same soul behind the voice and writing style that Blane brings to the table.

Every song on this album has a smooth, eclectic, and soothing sensibility…no matter where you come from. He has a sound that has class, dynamic musicianship, and innovative measures that are always present throughout every track. The sound is versatile and diverse. And once you take a listen to Steven Blane yourself, he’ll find his way to your heart unconditionally. Whether you expect it or not.

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