Sometimes the simplest things can sweep us away. Manchester-based
singer/songwriter Liz Green's debut album 'O, Devotion' is a winner.
The folksy/jazzy feel of these ten tracks relies on little more than her
curiously distinctive voice, acoustic guitar and a modest instrumental
ensemble to make its mark. Her hollow tone, flattened vowels and well-
modulated vibrato have a droll quality but imbue her pithy lyrics with raw
authenticity, crisply and sympathetically captured by producer Liam Watson.
The use of brass in the recording is particularly impressive and despite
the transatlantic roots of her compositional style the feel of the album is
quintessentially English in effect; as dry as a bone but not without humour.
'Displacement Song' is a fine example of her craft; the oompah accompaniment
and somewhat sleazy sax giving Ms Green a bouncy platform for her gently rocking
vocal performance. A bit dark and devilish in a Wiemar cabaret kind of way.
'Rag and Bone', too, would work well in a small smoky basement dive at 2am.
The quasi-paranoid narrative of 'Luis', with its elusive melodic structure and
keening brass intrusions, is a strangely bitter and unsettling invention and
final track 'Gallows' is as gloomy as gloomy gets. A somber story well-told.
'O, Devotion' is a strong first-showing from an idiosyncratically maverick talent.