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Promising Debut from an Undeniable Talent
on 24 April 2009
Beautiful, British singer-songwriter Beulah released this simply marvellous debut disc to quiet critical acclaim, with almost every journalist announcing her as the "next big thing". And they're undoubtedly right, if this stellar album is anything to go by. Mixing folksy ballads, light jazz and soft-country, Beulah has one of those voices which gives the easy-listening sub-genre its name. Similar to Eva Cassidy, Katie Melua and Beth Neilson Chapman, Beulah is the kind of songstress who encapsulates every song she sings.
From the soft, jazz-infused ballad "Stay", to "Sweet Kinda Something", a sunny, positive, mid-tempo pop tune which starts off with terrific, bluesy piano and bursts into a wonderful, string-laden chorus, perfectly orchestrated and expertly sung. The video to go with it is also stunning, and sees Beulah on a golden beach in the bright sunshine. Even if the video was never made, exactly the same image would have probably have been conjured up in the listener's mind.
In contrast to many bubblegum pop lyrics of this decade, Beulah offers up ones with depth and meaning, an obvious example being "Leaving Home", with it's moving, desperate stanzas: "And all the years, where do they go?/They melt away before you know/Memories fade and children grow/And now I have to let you go so far away/You're leaving home today". Another fine example of deft lyric-writing is "I Can't Wait", "Losing time is the hardest loss of all/Just like Autumn leaves, the hours gently fall". And in "Miss Me No More", she softly sings, "You said my eyes made you warm to the soul/And you said my smile was more precious than gold/So tell me why I had to be told/That I love you no more".
The title track is yet anouther eloquently composed song, seeing Beulah as a little girl, certain that she can see faries: "And if they peep under my pillowcase tonight/They'll see a tiny white, shiny bright surprise/By that time I would have fallen fast asleep/But in my dreams we'll fly/Bel, Adel, Mabel and I".
This is seriously strong writing going on here, and married to a clear, crystallised voice, this album is a more than a simple CD, it's a body of work; excellent craftsmanship hitherto undefined by many contemporary artists. With "Mabel and I", Beulah has written and performed a marvellous showcase for her talents; bringing newcomers into her world and showing them around.