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Standing up and singing out for the Brits,
This review is from: Voice - The Best Of Beverley Knight (Audio CD)
For so long now, Beverly Knight has been hanging around just outside the big time, seemingly waiting for a break that has never quite happened. One listening to this album will leave you wondering 'why'.
Knight is proof positive that there are Brits that can compete with the US R'n'B divas of Mary J Blige and Destiny's Child's ilk, providing not only multi-octave vocals but also delivering strong and diverse songwriting; and it is her songwriting that so impresses on this 'best of' album, moving, as it does, from the old school club vibe of "Flava of the Old School" through more mainstream offerings such as "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" to the guitar-laden rock feel of "Come As You Are".
Then, of course, there is the voice.
And what a voice it is. You can really hear it develop and grow in maturity over the 10-year span of this album, moving from being an excellent R'n'B voice to one of the best contemporary British soul voices; it seems there's very little that it's not capable of.
The only downside of this album is that, while it offers a good overview of the most commercial offerings of Knight's career, I don't feel that it really offers the best of her work. This should not, however, allow anyone to be put off, as there is the addition of 2 blistering live recordings and the Joplin cover. Highly recommended.