Beth Rowley - Little Dreamer

Published Thursday 20th November 2008
Beth Rowley - Little Dreamer
Beth Rowley - Little Dreamer

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50627-14808
LABEL: Blue Thumb 1754713

Reviewed by Tom Whitman

This, of course, was Bth's hugely successful full length debut and fully deserved its big sales. Enveloped by a talented and soulful clutch of musicians Beth created a delightful mood album, with styles touching on soul, jazz, gospel and blues to make her a Radio 2 favourite. From the off Beth showed herself a class act by opening with the unforgettable Blind Willie Johnson blues gospel song "Nobody's Fault But Mine". There is no doubt of the smouldering power of her voice. One of the greatest compliments for a female singer weaving their way between the genres is to be likened to the magnificent Eva Cassidy and on several occasions she sings with the same unbridled innocent passion. In truth, Beth's own compositions do not quite match up to the covers though she shows clear signs of developing her own unique musical voice with her own upbeat offerings and tracks like lead single "Oh My Life" which exist firmly in a smoky jazz club with a prevailing mood of optimism and freedom. Yet underneath the gorgeous exterior lie telling lyrics such as the opening lines "I've got a book that tells my story/As I look it's being written before me'. "Almost Persuaded" is a highlight and the contrast between her pure voice and the deep and distinctly accented vocals of Duke Special on "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" is a welcome touch. In short a debut album of incredible musicianship, a classy voice and subtlety of lyrics and craft that grab you more with each listen.

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