To aptly describe Temperance Lancecouncil’s style of music imagine the raw emotions of Bonnie Raitt getting together with the grittiness of Tina Turner, and the bubbliness of Dolly Parton, in some random piano bar, at midnight, in the middle of nowhere. The song isn’t under the influence of any gimmicks.
There’s nothing that seems to be backed by any kind of marketing ploy, it’s all straight from the heart storytelling. It weaves all the elements together and emphasizes how real Temperance strives to be with her music. She’s brutally honest in a lot of ways, and doesn’t sugarcoat, with the lyrics or the production.
The track basically has the lyrics of a breakup Country song, but the empowering theme, the soulful vocals, and killer abrasive production give it an angsty edge. It’s a perfect record, in establishing Temperance Lancecouncil’s commitment and love for country music.
There are prominent soul elements, but the song is driven by a country instrumental, making it a great example of how well the genres can blend. Upbeat may be something Temperance can do well, but listening to this song, I get the feeling that ballads are her calling.
The simple, but impacting emotional nature of the song is spectacular, as Temperance narrates the idea of a man leaving her, but not allowing for him to take her soul away. It’s a sassy and empowering attitude that all women should have.
She seems to revel in the unflinchingly honest aspects of life and love, and it is where her true sense of self comes to light. Temperance Lancecouncil proves that she’s a woman of integrity finding herself in different ways: through self-empowerment, and, perhaps most notably, defying genre stereotypes and artistic boundaries. You “Bet Not Take My Soul”!
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