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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellow,
Goodness me this girl has a voice!
This is a very pleasant, easy-listening album, great for the car or for a quiet Sunday afternoon. The rich, powerful yet husky nature of Gwyn's voice is well complemented by the choice of tracks and the minimalist accompaniment provided by Will and the other backing musicians. The whole gives out a very intimate feel, as if the personalities of the two performers were on show.
The album is aptly named, as the tracks really are songs in a rather old-fashioned sense - meaningful lyrics, strong tunes, standard structures - some of which we all know as part of our collective memory, others of which were new, at least to me. I wouldn't call it a jazz album though, for me it sits (easily enough) somewhere between jazz, pop and easy-listening.
I give 4 stars "only" because, if this album could be compared to a box of chocolates, for sure each song is very tasty but there is not enough variety for them to avoid becoming a little sickly after a while. It would have been better to include a couple more up-tempo tracks (such as the first, which gets things off to a great start), to break up the same-iness a bit. Still, an impressive debut, a cracking voice and a welcome addition to the album collection.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Songs, First album, First class!,
Gwyn and Will First Songs is a stunning album. Gwyns voice is astoundingly dreamy. Will’s talent just shines through like no other. The best track is No Other Love. Its Gwyn and Will at their best. Gwyn’s passionately sung mood-provoking lyrics fused with the enchanting sound of Will on guitar.
If you go to see these guys live get them to perform Moon Dance or even their surprising rendition of an Atomic Kitten hit! Sunday jazz night in Durham Castle, class guys! Wish you all the luck in the future. Dom.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz at its Youthful Best,
By A Customer
First Songs is a debut of intense beauty and power from these eye-popping newcomers to the international jazz scene. Almost forcing you down into an easy chair it oozes that smooth, rich urban sound that is humming with youthful vitality and soul. Gwyn's voice is a sweet and sensuous massage for the listener, while Will's guitar seems to drip with honeyed notes that ripple underneath her warm vocals. The album is stuffed full of treats - beautifully interpreted jazz standards that move from the groovy full sound of the more instrumentalised numbers to the raw simplicity of the two alone in a powerful and enchanting musical communion. Highlights must be London's summer hit "Beguiling Eyes" and of course the fantistic duet with Jamie Cullum, "Sweet Insomnia". This album is definately something to savour and Gwyn and Will are certainly set to beguile jazz lovers the world over.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best debut i have ever heard,
oh my god, i bought this album after hearingsome of my friends talk about gwyn and will and i just can't believe how brilliant this record is.mind you shouldn't be surprised as it seems they are friends of Jamie Cullum who lends his vocals to one track a great original by Gwyn herself. Gwyn has an absolutely amazing voice something like Diana Krall but with more range and a bit more sexy. the song choices are brilliant and the arangements pure genius - appearently they are playing the london jazz festival and i will be definately going. The album is jsut packed with winners from a funky sexy version of rooster, to heart stopping versions of Calling you and My Thief. There are a couple of moreold-fashioned swing numbers and some great latiny tracks and of course there is Beguiling Eyes the song that has been driving me mad on jazz fm all summer - i finally have it. highly recomemnded
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gwyneth Herbert & Will Rutter First Songs,
This review is from: First Songs (Audio CD)
First Songs This is probably one of the finest unfound recordings of all times. The songs are so memorable and never loose their appeal.I have been waiting for a follow up - so what's up?
I can listen to this album whichever mood I'm in which is rare.I wouldn't even dream of comparing you to anybody else since you are truley unique.
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