Straddling the hinterland between jazz, blues and folk is the assured voice of singer/songwriter Rosie, whose previous albums Lazy & Mellow and Home both charmed and relaxed the listener most persuasively.
Her songs have the classic feel of standards, thoughtfully voicing timeless sentiments of love and romance, and move across the acknowledged styles from the late-night reflection of Stop Take A Minute to the upbeat observation of Other People, the laid-back depression-era shuffle of No Money to the insouciant lilt of Girl On A Bicycle, the Lindisfarne-like folk-pop beat of It's So Good To be Your Friend to the moving, pensive Clouds Colliding.
Rosie wrote all the songs herself, except for two (Hold Up and Dry Your Tears), which were co-written with Marc Pilley, the multi-instrumentalist who plays drums, guitar, keys and bass on most of the album. The fiery closing track, There Was A Man (Soldier Song), was recorded live on Rosie's home territory, at Leith Folk Club, Edinburgh.
Quality through and through, and the overriding impression is one of classy accomplishment and feelgood creativity. The album's final stages (the last three or four tracks) are especially impressive though. And Rosie's superlative but select backing crew (the aforementioned Marc Pilley, plus Tommy Nimmo, Stuart Allardyce and Emma Turley) really do her proud. Impossible not to like, and equally impossible to find fault. Easily recommendable, and no more need be said.
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