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Little Dreamer

19 May 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Universal Classics & Jazz
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  • Total Length: 42:17
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  • ASIN: B001KEB2M0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,836 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Andy Edwards TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2008
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There is a danger that Beth Rowley could be lost among the plethora of female vocalists who have surfaced recently - that would be a pity. Throughout this varied set, Rowley's vocal ability is clear. She effortlessly handles blues, country and gospel and turns Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" into a reggae inspired shuffle. Not only that, she has written 5 of the tracks, each of which bears testament to the varied influences she must have had.

My favourites are the aforementioned Dylan track, "Almost Persuaded.." and "When the Rains Came", each of which build to a superb gospel climax, (but then I am a sucker for Soul) and "Only one Cloud", which sounds like an ancient Blues, but is actually part written by Rowley.

If you like Duffy, Adele, Winehouse, Norah Jones or Alice Russell, I would recommend this album - soulful vocals, restrained arrangements, you'll find it ends too soon and you'll play it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Egbert Souse on 12 Mar 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing one of the tracks on the radio , and have to say that it is not a bad album . There are one or two of the tracks that need more than a few listenings , but on the whole it is a very pleasant album that is ideal for those quieter moments of the day .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ian Bocking on 5 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Beths for the last couple of years since she been doing the London circuit and have recently been able to attain a copy of the album.
The album doesnt disapoint but i have to say that the best songs are the same songs she released on her ep. If you want to listen to, in my view, one of the some outstanding voices in resent years buy the album.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
Though born in Peru, Beth Rowley is of British stock and has lived in Britain since her parents returned home when she was two. Beth grew up listening to many different styles of music thanks to her parents' eclectic musical tastes and this is reflected in her music. As a singer-songwriter, Beth has co-written five of the songs here, often with the help of Ben Castle. Ben (son of Roy Castle) is a jazz saxophonist who has worked with Jamie Cullum. The other six songs are covers but Beth has chosen them well. I'd be very surprised if you've heard more than about four of them by other artists at the very most.

The set opens with a traditional song (Nobody's fault but mine). Beth's bluesy voice is perfectly matched to this bluesy song that sets a high standard for the rest of the album, which maintains that high standard throughout.

The next two tracks (Sweet hours, So sublime) are among the original songs, with the latter being the second single from the album, released just a week before the album itself. The release of the first single (Oh my life, which is track 7 here) preceded the album by a full three months but failed to chart.

The fourth track (I shall be released) might be the most familiar song that Beth covered for this album, it being one of Bob Dylan's classic songs. Beth opted to give it an upbeat reggae treatment that may be slightly at odds with the lyrics but nevertheless works well.

The next three tracks feature two more brilliant original songs (Only one cloud, Oh my life) sandwiching a cover of When the rains came, written and originally recorded by British blues singer Jim Crawford. I confess that I've never heard of him before but if all his songs are this good, one wonders why he isn't better known.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
Beth Rowley's voice isn't as distinctive as the voices of her nearest `rivals', Amy Winehouse and Duffy, that's not necessarily a bad thing but it does mean that some of her songs, such as "So sublime" and "You never called me tonight", can seem a bit bland.

What singles her out from her contemporaries is that as well as singing pop and 'reconstituted 60s soul' she also sings `da blues'. However, she's no Susan Tedeschi and I find that her take on Blind Willie Johnson's "Nobody's fault but mine" is a bit dull. Similarly, her producer has taken Jim Crawford's "When the rains came" - which Jim recorded with just his guitar and voice - added a full band with Hammond organ, slide guitar and gospel backing singers and turned a masterpiece of understatement into overblown mediocrity. She's not exactly ruined a great song (that would be perfect for a cover by Joe Cocker) but she's missed all the subtleties of the song and its original performance. I also find the modern blues "One cloud" to be pretty average.

I think that when she leaves the blues behind she's a lot better - "Sweet hours" and "Oh my life" both work perfectly as modern pop/soul, as do the gospel-influenced "Almost persuaded" and the reggae version of Dylan's "I shall be released". The real revelation for me was her duet with Duke Special on Willie Nelson's "Angel flying too close to the ground" where her voice is thoughtful and vulnerable, and which for me was one of her best vocal performances.

It's commendable that Beth and her producers have tried to include different types of music into the mix of her debut CD but I feel that for much of the blues-based material her voice can't really carry the songs and their arrangements.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EV1 on 3 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
There's been a lot of talk of how much this young singer sounds like Eva Cassidy. I could only hear what they meant on one song from this album. To me, she sounds more like either Corinne Bailey Rae or Dusty Springfield, but really she just sounds like herself! She has lovely creamy vocals and they can be surprisingly powerful. In style she ranges through jazz, gospel, blues, '60's style pop and even a touch of country. It's a solid little collection of covers, traditionals and originals, but it lacks something. Usually I love it when artists include a mixture of different styles on the one album, but I don't feel this one gels together as a whole. I think Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground was a mistake - it doesn't fit in and it drops too low for her vocal range, one note she is forced to speak and it sounds uncomfortable. The standout track is Almost Persuaded. The lyrics are strong, human but ultimately uplifting, and the bluesy melody brings out the best in Beth's voice and performance. You Never Called Me Tonight is also good, and is one of the five songs here that Beth co-wrote. There aren't enough really good songs on this album, too many of them are just quite good, and they're shown up more by the few gems. She has great potential, but this isn't as good as I expected it to be, and I think she can do better. Hopefully she will.
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