The Weekend Australian - Review
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Emma Donovan, proud Gumbaynggirr woman, has teamed her powerful soul stylings with funk band the Putbacks for an album that rightfully has been ruling radio in Australia and internationally. Crossover is an ode to Donovan’s Dhangatti grandmother, and Pink Skirt is the standout.
Mob March is anthemic, a protest song that is both a funky, subtle stomp and a throaty ode to freedom. Donovan comes from a family background of country singersongwriters, while the Putbacks have been plying their smooth funk for years. The band melds gospel, soul and the superior storytelling of country music to build on a pairing that began with 2014’s Dawn.
Though Donovan sings of grief and loss, Crossover is ultimately a celebration of life.