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Portrait

8 Oct 2012

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  Song Title
Time
Popularity  
1
When We Were Trespassers
2:34
2
A Freak A
3:08
3
Portrait
3:06
4
Original Love
3:03
5
I Think It Was Love
3:40
6
What A Day
2:53
7
The Last Minute
3:47
8
Pepper Shaker
3:53
9
Pray That I Move
2:59
10
House Of Mirrors
4:22

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Oct 2012
  • Label: Ark Recordings
  • Copyright: 2012 ARK Recordings / Rubyworks Ltd
  • Total Length: 33:25
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B0091KAIRU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,121 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best UK singer since god knows when 31 Oct 2012
By Mr X
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Josephine's voice is the star of this outstanding album. Everything about it is perfect. Pitch, tone, clarity, timing, range, articulation, dynamics ... she has it all and the combined effect is spine-tingling.

On the evidence of this outing, Josephine is the best UK singer I have heard in a very long time. It doesn't get much better than this. I cannot wait to hear her sing at a live performance.

The standard of songwriting and production isn't far behind. Although this is definitely an album that is better than the sum of its parts, every song is worthy of inclusion; there are no fillers here.

What does the album sound like? Think of a vocalist with the clarity and precision of Dusty Springfield, crossed with the earthiness and soul of Shara Nelson (Massive Attack, Unfinished Sympathy), fronting The Smiths. Unique, and very, very good.

Highly recommended.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Magic In The Air 16 Oct 2012
By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I feel fortunate to have stumbled upon this wonderful album.
Josephine Oniyama is a singer/songwriter from Manchester who
seems to have burst into the listening world fully-formed with
her accomplished debut recording 'Portrait'. She has a simply
beautiful voice : calm, centered and completely unaffected.
The kind of voice which, in a curiously old-fashioned way, would
have sounded perfectly at home in any of the last five decades.

There are ten songs in the collection which demonstrate a deft
facility with both words and melody. An easy naturalness and
warmth permeates each and every one one them. The uncluttered
arrangements are a model of restrained musicality, the better
to support the gentle drama of her gorgeous vocal performances.

The soft drone and simple piano part of the folksy opening track
'When We Were Trespassers' is somewhat redolent of some of the late,
great David Ackles finest inventions. A song which frames the
perfect melancholy of Ms Oniyama's subtle vibrato and rich delivery.
A truly sublime creation and alone worth the price of the album.
Further joys include the string-infused, sixties-scented title track
'Portrait' (just loving the plaintive half-heard harmonica part!);
the spare and somewhat bluesy minor-key number 'I Think It Was Love',
which sports a wonderfully moody and affecting vocal; 'Pepper Shaker',
a fidgety upbeat number which finds Ms Oniyama flexing her muscles and
delivering an impressively powerful turn and the lovely final track
'House Of Mirrors' whose lilting waltz-time rhythm and delightful tune
would not have sounded out of place in a Stephen Sondheim musical.

Whatever you do don't let this very special album pass you by.

Essential.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good first album 21 Jun 2013
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Portrait is my favorite song....she has a lovely voice...very enjoyable...
but it is not groundbreaking...or maybe as gutsy as i thought it would be...
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Debut 18 Jun 2013
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I discovered Josephine by chance via one of those you-bought-that-so-you-might-like-this recommendations and I'm so glad I did. The BBC review above is pretty accurate, so rather than vainly try to improve on it I'd just like to reiterate that this is an amazing voice singing accomplished songs. Why is this woman not a major star?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Album 11 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
I normally don't submit reviews of albums i purchase but this album is the best thing i have heard in a long time- if you only buy one album this year buy this as it will blow you away!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Voice 10 Dec 2012
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Great Début Album from a girl with a truly classic voice....strong lyrics and a lovely mix of Jazz and Soul make this a definite addition to my "Favourites" selection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC 9 Oct 2012
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Once in a while a new artist emerges on the music scene with a record that is different, Unique, Timeless. JOSEPHINE's PORTRAIT certainly is. If you like LIZZ WRIGHT / The Orchard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet and beautiful 31 Jan 2014
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This is a gem. I've rated it as four rather than five as a couple of the tracks are fillers, but most of them are wonderful - simple and beautiful harmonies and a bittersweet voice that seems to have lived an age, the sort of stuff that will have you pulling your car over and sobbing your heart out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songs with feeling
I recommend this beautiful album with songs full of longing and praise for life. A full voice, original songs and soft music.
Published 2 months ago by Tina Vaarby Laursen
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
A great find. She is soulful and has a sound of the sixties. A fantastic voice. I am waiting for everybody else to discover her and make her famous.
Published 5 months ago by Dr. S. Balboa
3.0 out of 5 stars Portrait 'out of the Frame'.
Liked the overall sound of this Album on first listening , plus the quality of the Vocal, but it hasn't stayed the course for me, and very rarely give it a listening any more.
Published 5 months ago by John Green.
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
Lovely smooth singer. You can listen to it while sitting with an evening meal, cleaning or just drifting away. Would recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Polly
5.0 out of 5 stars Excited for more!
A wonderful CD from a new vocalist.

If this is just the beginning of her career then we are very lucky to be able to experience what is to come. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bluesmoky
4.0 out of 5 stars portrait by Josephine
I liked Portrait
very much. Found my interest kept right through the album. Her voice and subject matter was excellent
Published 8 months ago by Mh Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Briliant Artist
One of the best singers I have heard for a long time, I absolutely love every track on this album, never get tired of listening to her beautiful voice
Published 8 months ago by janet
5.0 out of 5 stars A fresh new exciting talent
This album is a real 'earworm'. Aside from the retro cover there is nothing but creative excellence going on here. A must for music fans.
Published 9 months ago by Father Ted
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listen
Jeremy Vine on radio2 has promoted her records by playing regularly and this cd is a great listen and highly recommended. Thank you Jeremy!!
Published 10 months ago by Andrew Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different genre !
What pleasant surprise to listen to something new.
The voice and song styles are something that I have not heard for a very long time. Read more
Published 10 months ago by B. L. Hunt
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