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Obvious new talent. Great voice, patchy material.
on 29 October 2012
Josephine Oniyama is the artist here - singing on all 10 tracks, playing guitar and writing/co-writing all songs. The first thing to note is that she has a very strong distinctive clear/soulful voice that suits both ballads and more upbeat numbers.
In terms of song writing, Josephine is credited with 2 sole writes, 2 with Ed Harcourt, 3 with Leo Abrahams, 1 with Crispin Hunt, 1 with Jimmy Hogarth, 1 with Stew Jackson/Quartey. There are at least 15 supporting musicians across the various tracks including several different rhythm sections.
There are 3-4 very good tracks here (eg. A FREAK A, I Think It Was Love and Last Minute) and a few OK ones but, for me, several tracks can be skipped. There's an excellent 16 page booklet in the pack containing full lyrics / details of who is playing on each track - always to be welcomed. The 10 songs cover a little under 34 minutes.
An enjoyable little listen from a clearly a talented performer with a base of good songs but maybe would benefit from more consistency of material (and maybe a fewer/closer accompanying musicians).