Aselin Debison has become very interesting to me since I first encountered her music while studying composition and piano a little while back. I have heard that many of her fans are not happy that Aselin has chosen to go a different route with this music, but to tell you the truth, I think her roots are still there. If you look at the melody of the Chorus of "Life" you will find that Aselin has played around with an old folk music friend: the pentatonic scale. She has used a pentatonic scale and also inserted a leading tone here and there so she switches back from pentatonicism to diatonicism. This ingenious little tonal construction helps to elevate the chorus well above the rest of the piece. This makes the chorus much more "exuberant" if you will. In fact, Aselin later takes that melody in the Chorus and expands upon it leading into the bridge section which makes for an extremely exciting change towards the end of the song. Now, all of this is indeed dressed in pop music harmonies, but it just goes to show you that, whether these things were intentional or not, Aselin is still highly influenced by Cape Breton and its musicians.
Aselin has opened up a whole new world to me with regards to music. First of all, let me say that I have never met her. As far as her personal life, whether she is a good, Godly woman, I don't know. However, her professional life is second to none. Here is a girl who is not even 15 yet, and she is already working with professional musicians, and in fact takes long tours all over Canada doing promotional work and giving concerts. From some of the stuff I found on her internet site, she also is on her basketball team and is learning to play the guitar. She also has other people who have dismissed their loyalty to her because she has chosen to change her style. In spite of all of this, you will very rarely find a picture of Aselin when she is not either in deep concentration or smiling. That just goes to show you that her head is in the right place. Hence, her music has taught me to put a smile on my face even when I am bogged down with having to learn several songs for auditions and recitals.
Aselin is very personal in this album. She really shows how she feels about things that happen in her life. The song "Faze" is about the horrors that divorce brings on a child and imparticular one of her friends. She shows us the hurt of someone she loves leaving [in "Miss You"], and a song about seeing the stress of people who have grown up [Had to Grow Up]. For people like me who have never met her (which is most people), listening to this album is like peeking into her heart. That I think is something that makes this album so unique. While the music is sophisticated structurally, it is also honest. She is also still very modest, and still respects herself by dressing modestly. That is something for which I really respect her. You don't see that too often from a young teen musician today.
I whole heartedly endorse all of Aselin's work. She is a fine young musician. I look forward too hearing more from her. She has matured so much, but having listened to her earlier stuff as well, I can honestly say that from my perspective, she is still the littlest angel, and her music is as sweet as ever.