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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JOE BREEN

The roles nor­mally played by women in coun­try mu­sic are hardly cause for fem­i­nist joy. Han­nah Aldridge may not change this, but her de­but al­bum marks her out as an in­de­pen­dent spirit. “I would never ride a mo­tor­cy­cle, but you know she would,” Aldridge says of the sleeve shot of her as a leather­clad blonde. Yet these im­pres­sive 11 tracks bris­tle with life ex­pe­ri­ence, rock’n’roll at­ti­tude and coun­try so­lace – what she calls “dark Amer­i­cana”. Raised in the mu­sic hub of Mus­cle Shoals, Alabama, Aldridge sings and writes with real pur­pose and in­ten­sity. Her voice is rich, as­sertive and smoul­der­ing as and when re­quired. The slow­burn­ing Lie Like You Love Me con­trasts with the rock­ier You Ain’t Worth the Fight and the taut ti­tle track, while Lone­some takes on parental di­vorce. It’s early days, but Aldridge is def­i­nitely worth not­ing. han­nah-aldridge. com

“These 11 tracks bris­tle with rock’n’ roll at­ti­tude and coun­try so­lace – what Aldridge calls ‘dark Amer­i­cana’”

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