This young lady from Ireland (formerly in Damien Rice's band) has received the same strong response with her first album "Sea Sew" (2008) (Jools Holland, Jay Leno). Now she is at the start with her second work. Her rough but graceful voice still reminds us of the sixties icon Melanie. The opener "Home" has all the ingredients for a great pop song. The hammering piano opens a panorama in which eloquent strings, soft brass and rhythmic guitars find a wide field of expression. The voice, in a wonderfully full timbre, sometimes cheering sky-high, sometimes saddened to death, takes you with it in such a way that you don't want to go back any more. The lascivious "Knots", fluctuating between wise and precocious, also maintains the high level. Not all titles succeed in captivating with such emotional dramas. But the homogeneous sound of folk rock instruments and warm, soft strings (by the fantastic violinist Lucy Wilkins) knows how to bewitch. Ray LaMontagne sings himself into sleep in the duet "O Sleep" with the 20 year old girl. On the title song an Ukelele enchants. A dreamy album without any kitsch and without remorse.
Top track: Home