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on 20 August 2012
Delilah (aka Paloma Ayana Stoecker) has a voice to make you sit up and
take notice. Her recent dalliance with Chase and Status aside, 'From The
Roots Up' may well stake a claim to be one of the finest albums we'll
hear this year. She produces a rich, sinuous noise with her marvelous
instrument; by turns soulful, enervating, rich and emotionally captivating,
it saturates the twelve tracks in this collection with a rare kind of magic.
Her muse is largely reflective and melancholic but it is, nonetheless, not
the kind of music to drag you down into the Gloomy Sunday dumps. Indeed,
listening to the utterly beautiful 'Shades Of Grey' for the umpteenth time
as I am writing this, it is impossible not to be touched deeply by her
total engagement with the gorgeous melody and touching lyrics. When she
sings "Through the darker shades of grey I see beauty in the rain" it is
impossible to do anything other than completely believe in her authenticity.
So too with the jittery shadows of 'Go' with its respectful nod to Chaka Khan's
'Ain't Nobody'; the deliciously sprightly arrangement of 'Only You'; the luminous
vocal harmonies of '21' and the stripped-down rhythmic intensity of 'Insecure'.
Final track 'Tabitha, Mummy and Me', however, truly is the icing on the cake.
A song which sublimely demonstrates her innate grasp of the spirit of the blues.
I seem to have discovered another disc for my desert island. I love it to bits!