Sara Jackson-Holman’s ‘Cardiology’ review

By Meaghan Fleming,
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5.0 Stars - I Loved It!

Sara Jackson-Holman hails from Oregon and is a pianist, as well as a singer/songwriter. Jackson-Holman’s latest album Cardiology is an emotional album, filled with songs about life, love, and loss. Her songs have been featured on various TV shows including Castle and Ringer.

The first track “Cartography” is a quiet, beautiful song, but at times it’s difficult to hear the lyrics.

“Can’t Take My Love” is easily one of the best songs on the album. The melody is beautiful and a choir sings towards the end of the song. It’s got a haunting tone, but it’s still upbeat. I lost track of how many times I listened to “Can’t Take My Love” on repeat.

The next song, “For Albert” is an inspired, emotional song she wrote after her grandfather passed away. The melody will sound familiar to most music lovers as she adapts Beethoven’s Fur Elise. One of my favorite lines from the song is: “From my highest high / To my lowest low / Oh the hardest part / Was always letting go.” Her emotion is felt in every line.

“Freight Train” highlights her piano abilities and focuses on the grief after a loved one dies. It’s a quiet, moving song.

“Break My Heart” is about heartbreak. It’s catchy and fun to sing along with, especially the following lines: “Honey, honey why you gotta be so cruel / All my love will never be enough for you.”

Track 6, “Empty Arms” has great piano parts and fantastic lyrics. It begins with, “Take it slow, reel it in, let it go and repeat / Empty arms, let them reach, let them reach out to me.”

“To Be Bright” has a pulsating rhythm, but it also feels darker than the other songs. The lyrics also reflect the dark tone, like the lines: “All this time I wait in line / A shadow longing to be bright.”

“Oh My Honey” is the shortest song on the album, and it’s just her and her piano. It’s simplicity at its finest. The next song, “Risk It All” is upbeat and fun, but not extremely memorable compared to the other songs.

Jackson-Holman’s voice on “My Biggest Mistake” is strong. The relatable song talks about mistakes people make in life and love. One of the best lines is: “Everything I wanted / Was my biggest mistake.”

“Come by Fire” features Jackson-Holman on the piano, singing movingly, again, about the loss of her grandfather. She speaks about wanting to see him again. It’s a touching song and beautifully done. Check out the music video to "Come by Fire" below:

The next song, “Do I Make It Look Easy” is upbeat and talks about trouble in a relationship. The final song “Cardiology," is a charming song, with poetic lyrics.

Sara Jackson-Holman’s Cardiology features well-written songs that are easy to relate to, and beautiful. She has the ability to mix pop sounds with classical music, and even some hints of rock and dance. Fans of of Adele, Lana Del Rey, Feist, Amy Winehouse, or Marina and the Diamonds may enjoy this album.

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