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4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging solo debut, 3 Sept. 2009
This review is from: A Casa Verde (Audio CD)
She will probably struggle to remember this but I must admit to a bias here as I knew of Terry De Castro from her days in Bristol back in the (very) early 1990s, when she was playing bass with a local proto-punk covers band. It was listening to the way she took ownership of the bass riff to the Damned's 'Neat Neat Neat' that convinced me she was well on the case way back then. She also possessed an impressively wide range of musical references that appeared even then to be serving her well. This debut solo effort is teeming with subtle & slight musical references that are seldom if ever obvious as she has long since assimilated them into her very own distinctive performances. Terry De Castro is a highly talented musician with a modest personal temperament who places considerable store on personal friendship & it is wholly appropriate that she has elected to issue an album of songs written by her friends & colleagues, some of whom perform with her on these 12 covers. In doing this she repays friendship by highlighting a group of emerging songwriting talents that Terry believes deserving of a decent hearing- which is precisely what they get here. The songs are uniformly good & although I'm dubious about singling any of them out for special attention I'm obliged to let you know that I keep returning to Simone White's 'America In '54', which I think rather special. The biggest surprise of the album as a whole is the mix of garage-band ambience with melancholic strains in the vocal departments: a compelling combination that becomes quite addictive after just a couple of hearings. There's some fine musicianship to enjoy here, interspersed with moments of unexpected beauty. If you need to be convinced of the latter then try yourself out on the album's closer 'To Love You' (written by Astrid Williamson, with whom Terry played in Goya Dress), which is just sheer class: a great song with a great vocal from Terry, wonderful backing vocals & spot-on performances from all concerned (woops, I singled out another one!).
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