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Alice is back! and she's soulfully funkalicious,
This review is from: Pot Of Gold (Audio CD)
Its been 3 years since she released her last album 'proper' My Favourite Letters(under the munka moon 2 was released in 2006 as a compilation of individual tracks) and the wait has almost been too much, but her return on her own label Little Poppet called 'Pot of Gold' doesnt fail to disappoint. The electronic feel that characterised My Fave Letters isnt present as much in Pot of Gold as Alice has progressed towards a more live, band-orientated feel. It is also alot more soul/funk based, and listening to Alice could transport back to the 1970's soul music, but its still got that special 'Alice Russell' tinge that makes her so unique and as worthy of celebration as Amy Winehouse or Duffy.
In terms of the tracks, the first two songs 'Turn & Run' and 'Two steps' are funky soul tunes which are incredibly catchy and showcase her great voice and her bands great musicianship. A number of the songs are alot slower, like GOt the Hunger, her cover of Gnarls Barkley 'Crazy' (a beautiful strings laden effort) which highlights the emotion that runs through an already classic song and a reworking of one of her first songs 'Hurry on Now' as well as the last song All Alone. The beats havent gone completely as can be seen by 'Let us be loving' but there is a definite soul tinge to this record which might not be everyones cup of tea. totally recommend buying this album (and maybe do so through the etchshop website rather than through the mainstream distribution channels of amazon)