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Never Said Goodbye? You'll Be Glad She Didn't
on 22 October 2006
Cerys' second solo album sees her moving away from the contry-esque, bluegrass feel of cockahoop and back to a fuller band sound. However, its still a world away from Catatonia and is hard to describe what genre it falls into. There's elements of psychadelic pop, rock, and a bit of folk thrown in for good measure but what remains constant throughout is the superb standard of songwriting, which is intelligent and melodic. Cerys definitely has a 'marmite' voice - people either tend to love it or hate it. I fall into the first category and can honestly say it's never sounded better than it does now. Her vocals move effortlessly from a soothing whisper (Blue Light Alarm) to soaring (Open Roads) to all-out howling (Oxygen - probably the best song on the album) coming fairly close to her old Catatonia sound in parts. The really good thing about this release though is that it builds on her former music career and doesn't try to imitate it. The album follows a musical journey, mirroring the personal one taken by Cerys in her post Catatonia days, from escaping her problems and fleeing to America in the opening track 'Streets of New York' to finding happiness and returning home to Wales for the albums closer, the beautiful welsh-language ballad 'Elen'. A truly fantastic album that deserves the title of 2006's best kept musical secret - buy it!