Lit­tle Dreamer Beth Row­ley Blue Thumb/ UMA

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Tony Hil­lier

ren­di­tions of the stan­dard Mine and gospel- in­fused that take the bis­cuit. GOR­GON- MANED Beth Row­ley may be the new golden girl of Bri­tish soul, but any com­par­i­son with bee­hived di­vas Dusty Spring­field and Amy Wine­house will be well wide of the mark. The new blonde- on- the­block doesn’t come within cooee of match­ing the lung- bust­ing vo­cal power or raw emo­tional pull of said pair, or — mer­ci­fully — their re­cal­ci­trance or self- de­struc­tive ten­den­cies. What the for­mer Ro­nan Keat­ing and En­rique Igle­sias back­ing vo­cal­ist does of­fer with her play- safe solo de­but is a sweetly se­duc­tive singing style and a well­bal­anced se­lec­tion that blends blues, gospel, soul, jazz and coun­try with pop sen­si­bil­i­ties. The lat­ter comes cour­tesy of co- pro­duc­ers Steve Power ( Blur) and Kevin Ba­con and Jonathan Quarmby ( Fin­ley Quaye). Row­ley’s self- penned songs stand up along­side an un­ex­cep­tional, reg­gae- pulsed cover of the Dy­lan an­them I Shall Be Re­leased and a duet with co- writer and sax­o­phon­ist Ben Cas­tle ( aka Duke Spe­cial) on Wil­lie Nel­son’s An­gel Fly­ing Too Close to the Ground . But it is No­body’s Fault But Al­most Per­suaded

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