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A fresh, pleasant collection of original songs
on 27 September 2014
Laura Cantrell has a light, clear voice and the musical arrangements of her country songs use simple, stripped-down instrumentation that avoids the rhinestone corn of so much of that genre. This is her fifth studio album and on first listen it comes across as a fresh, pleasant collection of original songs that deserves further attention. However, it appears pale in comparison to her brilliant debut of 2000, 'Not the trembling kind', that John Peel famously described as possibly the favourite album of his life. It set a standard that, sadly, she is unlikely to ever achieve again. It is not Laura's voice that has deteriorated over the years, it is the quality of the songs and that is what is lacking from this latest album: great songs. That said, there is nothing to dislike here. But neither is there anything to amaze me. It needs something to add substance to the fragile vulnerability of her singing.