Blueberry - Blueberry

Saturday 1st August 1998
Blueberry - Blueberry
Blueberry - Blueberry

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

I first saw the second greatest Christian band from Littlehampton when their lead singer Cathy Burton did a solo slot opening for the spring leg of the D:Tour.  I have to confess I immediately fell in love with her voice - familiar and yet fresh at the same time with a touch of the Tasmin Archers!  This is a four-song intro to the band opening with plenty of Britpop vibey guitars on "Not Drowning" and a demonstration that catchy tunes and strong songs are to the fore.  "Sick And Tired" is the hardest song soundwise with plenty of guitar energy and comparisons with Delirious? spring to mind a little bit.  Could this be the Littlehampton beat?  However, Burton's vocals are always going to give Blueberry a distinctive edge.  The closing song "Soldier" is beautiful in its simplicity - a short, sad lament and musically a slightly more rootsy affair with acoustic guitars and a vulnerable vocal.  That leaves the best to last!  There's one song here which totally stands out head and shoulders above the rest - the brilliant "Hollow"!  This is sheer perfection and although the rest of the stuff here is pretty brill, it's worth buying the EP just for this song!  Burton's angelic voice floats over an atmospheric piece of pop in a catchy piece of pop perfection. Buy it and pray they get the chance to record an album soon!

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