Folk singer/songwriter April Martin isn't shy about her emotions and proudly shares her feelings on her sophomore effort In the Blink of a Life. The album explores basic human emotions from the joy of love to the confusion and uncertainty death brings. There's a gentle nature to her songs due to slow, soft music and her relaxing voice though they stick to the typical country/folk formula. The opening track "One Breath" begins with generic country music, the kind you've heard in endless TV shows and commercials. It's not terrible, but it doesn't make the song stand out. And the lyrics leave much to be desired. Though the song has a good message about loving one another, but rather than sounding thoughtful it ends up sounding like a corny camp sing-a-long.
"Heartbreak Doesn't Come (From Lovin' Me)" kicks things up with a welcomed blues vibe. With its down trodden mood, Martin talks about things in life that annoys us, like doing taxes. Yet, the lyrics have an awkward flow to them and don't really fit with the music. Songs like "Rock My Rain" and "Every day I Love You" are well meaning, but come across as dull and generic. There's very little about them that keeps listeners engaged. After the first minute, you're ready to move on to something else. It’s one of the major issues permeating the record. Very few of the songs stand out and grab your attention. Songs like “Life is Good,” “All I’ve Got” and “While I’m Waiting” aren’t bad by any means. From the way Martin sings, you can tell these tracks mean a lot to hear. But since they end up sounding the same or like generic folk music, they may have a difficult time connecting with a wide audience.
In the Blink of a Life is well meaning, but has some hang ups. Martin does her best to connect with people on an emotional level, but the results are spotty at best. Still, it’s a decent effort and may be something to check out if you’re a folk music fan.