Record review: LaShaun Phoenix Moore's 'Anthem'



Metro Times first caught up with the talented singer one year ago, while she was in the midst of recording her album Anthem. With the help of a successful GoFundMe campaign to offset the cost of the record, Anthem is finally here and bustling through headphones all over the metro Detroit area.

The album starts off with “Supernova;” a song about letting go, starting over, and winning. Like much of the music here, it’s a spacy track with a subtle techno feel to it. In “Bullet,” she overcomes her own self-doubts as she sings, “I’ve been waiting my whole life, just to live my whole life, got no more time to waste, riding on this bullet train.”

The track for “Working Man” sounds like a dramatic film score as the vocalist sings about moving forward and living every day to its fullest., “#Undefeated” is easily the most powerful track on the album as Moore sings, “I almost lost my mind, tossed a dream, I’m battled tested, no defying a dream.”

“Sanctify Me” and “Do It Again” are both soul stirring seductive love ballads, while “Distracted” is an inspirational tune about following your dreams amidst everyday distractions. She closes the record out with a three minute monologue about how she met super producer for the album, J.r.Le Mon (InHear Productions); a medical emergency which made her reevaluate life; and the overall determination it took to see it through to completion.

Overall Anthem is not typical, and it takes chances with sound, lyrics, and language (Moore is good for an f-bomb here and there). But the combination succeeds because she is such an extremely versatile artist.

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