ONE of many highlights of Birmingham soul sensation Laura Mvula’s debut album Sing To The Moon is being deservedly re-released.
She is a gorgeous, slow-burning, torch ballad that really gets the hairs on the back of the neck standing up.
Lyrically strong, as well as musically uplifting, this is a beauty of a single by one of the year’s standout new artists.(James Brindle)
My Man Music (Warner)
THERE are few genres I dislike more than reggae, bar the odd Bob Marley classic of course.
But what I do hate more is reggae done in a Mockney accent which Stooshe do on this dreadful single, which is both irritating and embarrassing.
It’s a shame because Stooshe have produced a couple of decent singles with the likes of Black Heart and Slip, but this latest effort is a giant misstep. (James Brindle)
Heart Shaped Stone (One Little Indian)
THIS lead single from Newcastle-based singer Kathryn Williams comes from her forthcoming 10th studio album Crown Electric.
It’s a remarkable achievement to have made 10 albums at a relatively young age, especially given the fact her voice is quite so unremarkable.
The song is perfectly pleasant, but very bland, although the production and string arrangement is good. (James Brindle)
DALE EARNHARDT JR.
Dark Water (Warner)
DETROIT duo Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott – aka Dale Earnhardt JR. – return with a second album The Speed Of Things in October and lead single Dark Water bodes well for what is to come.
It is a difficult sound to pigeon hole making it refreshingly different, although it has the sound of a song that either has already been used on a advert or is very much made to soundtrack one in the near future – whatever that means.
Listen to it and you will no what I mean...trust me! (James Brindle)
False Alarms (Warner)
SINGLES have been flowing thick and fast from American warbler Josh Groban’s latest album All That Echoes.
False Alarms is frustratingly close to a really anthemic song but the chorus never quite takes off like you feel it should. (James Brindle)