I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, the 4 came the more I listened. Some of the tracks are overproduced, when a more acoustic production would be preferable, and give the compositions more heart. However, Charlene Soraia does have a beautiful, sweet and melodic voice...quite unique...it could do with a bit more substance at times. You get 13 tracks so I guess some will be preferable to others. Most tracks grew on me after a few listens.
1. WHEN WE WERE FIVE - I cannot listen to this track because it has such a high pitched tone that it hurt my ears! Not a good start to the album
2. DAFFODILS - Loved the song, not sure about parts of the production - the acoustic parts are best
3. LIGHTYEARS - Catchy.
4. ROWING - A sweet track - I like this one
5. MEADOW CHILD - a bit of a bluesy number, I liked the melody but again I'm not sure the drum and guitar add a lot. The basic chords of the guitar don't add much for me. Growing on me...
6.'TWAS LOVELY - "I left two stars in your tree, to ensure that you thnik of me" short and atmospheric, I like the guitar on this one!
7.BIPOLAR - I'm a bit up and down with this one...I'm not sure about the production, sounds like a drum and base machine in the background...bit monotonous....! However, it's more catchy on a few listens. Keep the baby, ged rid of the man and get some help, Charlene!
8.POSTCARDS FROM IO - liked this after a few listens
9.BIKE - I like the guitar on this one - soulful and funky
10.MIDSUMMER MOON IN JUNE - Lovely track - Shades of light and dark
11.WISHING (YOU) WELL - This track has a fairground feel...great
12.ALMOST STOLE A BOOK - Lovely
13.WHEREVER YOU WILL GO - Bitter-sweet famous track from Twinings tv ad, which intorduced me to her. This track is also on the recently released 'NOW 80'.