Chris Birkett’s “Precious Love” is Measureless

By Deuce

“Precious Love”, the latest and greatest single from Chris Birkett, dropped exactly one month and one day ago on February 14. One listen to the tune, one gander at the video, and it’s not hard to figure out why.

The song is a romantic reaffirmation of the worthiness of that most powerful and inspiring emotion, the love many have talked about, but only few have ever truly felt. The tune is bracing, invigorating–a romp through the park or a stirring beachside visit in the hours leading to crepuscule.

Musically Birkett covers all his bases, coming in with something of a ferocious bass drenched, as it were, with a generous heaping of Gene Hardy’s saxophone. The man on that bass which elicits a powerful, progressive groove is none other than Birkett who makes it happen on the lows. It’s difficult to say he’s any less accomplished on his guitar that sparkles throughout the work as well, but it’s not as eminent as the former instrument.

You’ve also got to give a shout to Paul DeLong on the drums for setting a clean, crisp pace with plenty of breakdowns that add to the mix. But it’s the vocals, as well as the spirit of the lyrics, that truly win this one over. Firstly, Birkett has a rich, accomplished voice that’s every bit as worthy as the robust groove he’s put together on this tune. And the man’s message of love, of its preciousness, seems particularly cogent when delivered through his strong singing.

But who’s the babe hitting those high notes starting from the second verse until the conclusion? That would be Taylor Abrahamse, whose talents easily outshine any sort of studio magic. Now granted, anyone can double or even triple up on their vocals. Still, I was convinced that what is solely attributed to Abrahamse had to be at least about three, perhaps even four or more ladies.

Whether she’s putting down some timely ‘oohs’, pleasing ‘La da da da da da das’, or simply melting into the shadow of Birkett’s singing, she sounds real good. Moreover, her harmonies are not easily accomplished by oneself, no matter how much track work takes place.

Not surprisingly, the video ends with a few verses of pure poetry, unrhymed, and acapella. It’s a fitting ending to a gripping tune that’s sure to herald more.

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