Ashley Brooke Toussant: Sweetheart

Ashley Brooke Toussant: Sweetheart

Written by Ellen Marie Hawkins

Ashley Brooke Toussant: Sweetheart

Ashley Brooke Toussant: Sweetheart

Aptly named Sweetheart, Ashley’s voice is sweet and angelic. She reminded me of Jewel
sometimes; they often share that similar sound, and that lingering, sometimes haunting
quality that plays on in your mind once the music is over. Ashley can best be described
as country mixed with soothing folk, but really, her influences stem from bygone eras.

“The songs reflect on life here, the hopes and fears, coming back home and love. The
feel is more acceptance than any kind of gloom-the acceptance of realizing quirks and
flaws.”

Ashley describes her songs best. Just as her sound reflects a different time, so, too, does
her attitude and how she reveals her feelings. “Sweetheart,” the opening track, describes
a relationship with such simplicity and openness, it is completely endearing. “Together
as a pair/Together we will share/As sugar and honey/Which neither of taken lightly.”
Ashley also features a Henry Mancini cover titled “The Sweetheart Tree” that fits in so
well with Ashley’s own writing style, it seems to be a continuation of her own song about
love and creates an envelope that holds in the other tracks.

I really couldn’t decide which I liked more; her voice or her perspective represented
in her writing. Both have a purity that few singers today share. My favorite song
was probably “Little Boy Blue” because it stood out to me from the other songs, but I
couldn’t put my finger on as to why. But I also loved her memories and longing in “Edie
Ann” and the interpretation of “And it’s Yours,” based on Leo Marks’ poem “The Life
That I Have.” It’s not just her voice or the words to this song that makes it so magical;
the military sounding drum and the emptiness of the music makes this achingly beautiful.
I enjoyed “Welcome Back Too,” a song about coming home again.

Her uncomplicated view of the world and love makes Sweetheart refreshing and light.
It’s really the little set backs and annoyances that make life so heavy, and for this album,
the burden is gone. Love is all that remains. She sings it best in “The World.” “What
does it all mean to you and me/It means the world/It means the world/To you and me.”

Please visit http://ashleybrooketoussant.com/ for more information and be sure to follow
her facebook links. And, as always, download from iTunes.