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Chantal Kreviazuk, What If It All Means All Means Something (Columbia/Sony)
When she burst onto the music scene in the late '90s, Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk drew comparisons to fellow Canuck, Sarah McLachlan, for her dreamy, piano-driven pop songs. But Kreviazuk had more of an edge in her voice and piano-playing style, also bringing to mind Tori Amos. Finally, this talented musician has come into her own. Gone are the songs of tortured relationships and confusion; gone is the musical overreaching. If What If It All Means Something is, indeed, the kind of musical diary her previous works were, then Kreviazuk has truly found a deeper contentment that comes through with appealing musical clarity. The songs on What If It All Means Something find the singer-songwriter-pianist at peace with her place in an imperfect world. The opening track, "In This Life", sets the tone with his optimistic lyrics and tight arrangement, while "Time" provides a sense of drama that compliments Kreviazuk's strong voice. Despite one genuine clunker ("Weight of the World"), What If It All Means Something is Kreviazuk's most consistent and radio-ready effort to date.