By Guitar World’s Acoustic Nation
The music on The Bargain is bright and uplifting and, while it does have the inviting sheen of pop, Burtt’s distinctive melodies, poignant, soul-searching vocals and profoundly insightful lyrics deliver a message informed by sorrow and uncertainty. A few years back, Burtt fell prey to a potentially life threatening condition, but her faith in the healing power of music and her determination to become a performing artist brought her out of the shadows.
“These songs are about my struggle to recover my health,” she explains. “The word ‘bargain’ is provocative because we’re constantly bargaining, deciding how and when we should show up in our lives. Every day, decision, connection and relationship feels like an exchange of something for something else, things we may not be aware of until we’re dancing with mortality.”
That dance is the subtext of the music on The Bargain. Louis Cato (Bobby McFerrin, Marcus Miller, Snarky Puppy, Mariah Carey) a talented multi-instrumentalist, and long time member of Burtt’s backing band, produced the album, creating perfect settings for her gently passionate vocals.
Cato and Burtt crafted the arrangements on The Bargain with a fine ear for sonic nuance and melodic detail. Their refined blend of rock, funk, jazz and blues pulls the music into interesting shapes, full of unexpected delights, songs that are accessible, while remaining true to Burtt’s inimitable lyrical vision.
Praise For The Bargain:
“Piano ballad “Everybody” beams with perfect production. Reminiscent of Sara Bareilles, the track’s bittersweet strings and straightforward composition lend radio hit potential.” – Paste
“Soulful, confessional, and sublime in a rustic way.” – Pop Matters
“With an attractive and organic sound somewhere between Bonnie Raitt and Sarah Mclachlan, Megan finds and showcases her songwriting ability through her strength as a person in lyrics like ‘I got some life left, some life left in me’.” – Pancakes and Whiskey
“Pulsing and powerful and lovely, Burtt gracefully manipulates words and melody into a sultry delight. Her velvety voice seeps right into your being as she pulls you into the gorgeous foray.” – Guitar World