gota Fria STOOPNIk 7/10 Belated second album from oncefancied Bristol-born contender
A decade ago, Rowley’s debut album, Little Dreamer, made the Top 10 and sold 100,000 copies, then… silence. Turns out she hated life in the mainstream and went off to do something more useful, including working in the Middle East on a human rights project. now she’s back with an eclectic album that banishes the polished retro-pop of yore for something more raw and earthy. “Brave Face” sounds like mid-’70s Fleetwood Mac, “Howl At The Moon” boasts a monster Zep-cloned heft and “Forest Fire” has a haunting Calexico vibe, while her voice and aesthetic recall Heather nova. A welcome return.