Blimey. It's that there Mari Wilson from the eighties. Sans beehive, but with vocal chords still intact, and a brand new album of cover versions, funded through one of the fan funded schemes out there at Pledge Music. Of course, she's never actually went away after her brush with popstardom, but this latest release will, hopefully, bring her back into the public view.
it's her first full album of covers, and along with orchestrator and pianist Simon Hale, she's come up with an interesting set of songs, and some stripped back, yet lush and lovely arrangements. For sure, there are some songs you might expect from Ms Wilson, such as 'I Only Want To Be With You', from the Dusty Springfield back catalogue. But for every one of those there's a gem from the Brothers Gibb - 'First Of May', and a startling and beautiful Gerry Marsden song in the shape of 'Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying'. Who knew!
Bearing in mind the nature of most of the songs on offer, I would have thought that I would have missed the swell of a strong section, but it's a testament to the work of the people involved that you don't really notice their absence. A couple of the tracks don't benefit from being stripped down and slowed down, but the majority more than do.
If you've been wondering where Mari Wilson has been since them there eighties, then this is a good way to begin knowing her all over again.