The young Ms Bromfield got a leg-up from her wayward Godmother
Amy Winehouse with her 2009 debut of covers 'Introducing Dionne
Bromfield'. I can't bring myself to be unkind about it (for goodness
sake she was only thirteen years old when it was released!) but I truly
thought she'd slip in and out of vision without coming even close to
the fifteen minutes of fame to which Mr Warhol felt we are all entitled.
Wrong! Crikey, how wrong can and Old Wolf be?!
'Good For The Soul' is rather special in a number of ways.
Firstly, she sounds nothing like Ms Winehouse (who I love dearly);
secondly, she has co-written most of the 14 tracks on the album
and they are very good songs indeed; thirdly, the most remarkable
thing about the recording is the huge leap in vocal maturity achieved
by Ms Bromfield in the two short years since we first heard her.
It is a powerful voice (a power never wasted on flashy stylistic
effects); a soulful voice (listen to her cruise through the classy
'Foolin'' like a ship in full sail - a little bit Eartha Kitt, a little
bit Chaka Khan!); a tender and expressive voice (the beautiful 'Too
Soon To Call It Love') and a voice not afraid to have fun (the rip-
roaring finale 'Move A Little Faster'). It's all there. It's all good!
If you need further proof jump straight to 'In Your Own World' for
a little masterclass in fine phrasing and astute melodic articulation.
By any standard known to man or beast this girl is a major contender!
Methinks Ms Bromfield is going to be sticking around for a while.