|1. Yeah Right - Dionne Bromfield, Diggy Simmons|
|2. Good For The Soul|
|3. Sweetest Thing|
|5. Too Soon To Call It Love|
|6. Ouch That Hurt|
|7. If That's The Way You Wanna Play|
|8. A Little Love|
|9. Time Will Tell|
|10. Get Over It|
|11. Remember Our Love|
|12. In Your Own World|
|13. Don't Make It True|
|14. Move A Little Faster|
|15. Spinnin' For 2012 - Dionne Bromfield, Tinchy Stryder|
Pleasingly, Bromfield's not just been given a second chance, but now has the right album from which to stake a claim on the nation's soul audience. The arrangements on Good for the Soul are superb throughout, strings sweeping in from the wings as punchy percussion demands dancefloor activity. At times - such as on the dramatic Ouch That Hurt - it genuinely captures some of that old-fashioned Motown magic. And when it's not looking into a past so distant for Bromfield that it must seem positively prehistoric (she's still just 15), the album dips its toes into the same waters that carried Duffy to so much acclaim on her first LP. Many a co-writer is involved, but this isn't a fractured listening experience; tonally, everything gels marvellously.
Questions remain, though, and most regard Bromfield's voice. One glossy magazine has claimed it's a "gorgeous soul voice"; a popular tabloid has stated that she's Shirley Bassey's successor. But the truth is that Bromfield is a talent yet to mature. She possesses the same nasal quality as Winehouse, and one feels that she may well have been encouraged to recall the off-the-rails star, what with her follow-up to 2006's Back to Black still no closer to release. Some turns feel full of affectation - nobody can deny she's got a powerful voice, but it can seem too try-hard at times. Give the girl another five years, let her vocals deepen naturally, and she'll be a really special performer. Right now, it's best to keep a lid on excessive hyperbole.
Said reservations aside, Good for the Soul is a great pop-soul record, brimming with feel-good tracks and as sure to appeal to listeners of the artist's age as it is those raised on The Supremes. A little more life experience and Bromfield will have the essentials to make a career-defining record. Until then, this collection continues her (rightly) gradual rise in no little style, building upon Introducing… and bettering it brilliantly.
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