Angela Josephine - Daylight

Published Saturday 23rd February 2019
Angela Josephine - Daylight
Angela Josephine - Daylight

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 169853-26731
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by John Cheek

Detroit has long had an association with popular music. Motor City gave us Motown and plenty more, and here, from the High Bias Recordings studios, we have an album remarkable for its high production values, quality musicianship and lyrical concerns. 'Daylight' is the followup to 2012's 'Stone Bright Solid' and it begs the question of why it took so long! Here, the reprise of the previous release's title track, at the end, is partly a nod to the long gap and with quality like this, Angela Josephine has been rewarded for taking her time. Dark, gothic, grand soundscapes - these are not dissimilar to the work of British performer Sophia Dady. The vocals remind me of, by turns, Kate Bush, Enya and Clannad. While such artists tend to present vague spiritualities in their lyrics, Angela is more focussed on Jesus - and no less poetic. Angela and fellow creative Chris Bathgate are multi-instrumentalists, with Angela even performing on mandolin and Wurlitzer organ. They effortlessly switch genres to also incorporate blues and country. The depth and maturity present here is perhaps most noticeable on "Red Roses", featuring a classical guitar part in a Leonard Cohen-style.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. This Light (Prelude) [Listen]
2. Got To Believe [Listen]
3. Go Easy (ftg Chris Bathgate) [Listen]
4. Daylight [Listen]
5. 40 Days (Interlude) [Listen]
6. Red Roses [Listen]
7. River Rising [Listen]
8. The Way Of Light [Listen]
9. Face To The Wind (Finale) - Stone Bright Solid (Reprise [Listen]

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