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Sweet Sweet Soul Music
on 8 July 2013
Ten albums in since her eponymous 1995 debut finds Maysa Leak at
the top of her game. If you're after a delicious slice of mouth-
watering, sophisticated, jazzy, sweet soul music look no further.
'Blue Velvet Soul' exudes class from every pore. Ms Leak has a truly
wonderful voice. A rich, warm, fluid and flexible instrument which
coasts through the fifteen numbers in this new collection with effortless
aplomb. Once she's inside your head you really don't want her to leave!
The tunes are strong, the arrangements and production are as slick
as slick gets and the vocal performances are genuinely affecting.
Top tracks would have to include opening song 'Beautiful Dreamer', a
magical, slow-burning invention, coaxed into vivid life by Ms Leak's
perfectly-judged delivery of the gorgeous tune and poignant lyrics;
'I Care', with its crisp beats, fruity brass and luscious harmonies;
'Nothing but You', a lovingly anachronistic recreation of the spirit of
1970's disco and the simply beautiful 'Pouring Rain', a deft fusion of
restraint and heartfelt emotion and perhaps the album's finest moment.
Blue Velvet Soul Indeed!