"This is not your typical guitar-laden, acoustic strummed singer-songwriter outing as Ellis, sometimes called “the girl with the weird instruments” plays Omnichord on two songs (“Love Life” and “Moonshine”), lap steel on “No More,” and just sings on the rest, her voice being the major instrument (and not a weird one). The Omnichord is an electronic musical instrument introduced in 1981 by the Suzuki Musical Instrument Corporation. It typically features a touch plate, and buttons for major, minor, and 7th chords. And, it was lent to her by yet another famous friend, Daniel Lanois. Ellis found it to be a wonderful tool for writing and experimenting, subsequently writing most of the record on it. The instruments played by the other musicians are the usual ones, but keyboards and background vocals also weigh heavily into a layered mix that comes across as a ‘big sound” on several tunes"
"On the lead song and titular track, Ellis performs a clever word trick – she is not singing about her amorous adventures or experiences as the title suggests, she is making a compassionate declarative statement to all of us – love life, as in having an affection for it brothers and sisters because its the only thing that can overcome the darkness that is constantly swirling around us and within us.
In the refrain, Ellis sings with her extraordinary voice full of resonance and soul “Love Life / You’ve got to find a silver lining / No escape from myself there’s no running / Behind the pain there is a light worth finding“ reminding herself and us that the love we feel for our existence here on this earth has to be clear-eyed and proactive lest we surrender to the endless and cruel cycle of pain that constantly threatens us"
"Tawny Ellis is a communicator whose expertly rendered recordings give her a realm of optimum clarity and depth to plumb the depths of human relationships"
"Love Life is so much more interesting. Listen to 'Pretend Love' and be convinced. It took me two listening session to be convinced that Love Life is an album of extreme worth and warmth. From there there was no looking back. Tawny Ellis has a brand new fan
"Alongside her lush vocals and lyrical storytelling Ellis says she is known as ‘the girl with the weird instruments’ and her steel guitar an omnichord playing can be heard on the album, her talent for the latter developing when she borrowed an instrument that had originally belonged to Brian Eno, at the suggestion of her producer/musician friend Daniel Lanois"
"Tawny starts off her new album with the addictive pop melody of the title song "Love Life," which reintroduces you to her soulful vocal style. She slows down for the country backdrop of "Moonshine" and the emotional ballad "Pretend Love," as her singing simply shine among the stark backdrop of music. You can feel the passion in Tawny's vocals during the gentle touch of "Spark Of Love," before picking the energy back up with the guitar-driven, country rocker "I Believe
” I love the ache and passion in Tawny’s voice....
"Love Life opens with its title track, a positive pop tune, its title not referring to relationships, but rather an invitation to appreciate life, to work through the pain. Here is a taste of the lyrics: “Try to believe again/When it feels like it’s the end/It’s time to begin/Love life/You’ve got to find a silver lining.” It’s not easy, particularly these days, but Tawny Ellis makes it sound possible, and this song might provide you the strength and the stimulus to try. “Gather up these broken bones/Try to have faith again.”