STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45492-13992 LABEL: O'C EOCD02 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RRP: £12.00
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Esther O'Connor has been described by Radio Scotland's Tom Morton as "somewhere between Suzanne Vega and Sheryl Crow" and this second solo release finds the Scottish singer/songwriter in fine form. Aided by the production values and musicianship of her father and Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin, his Foundry Music Lab associate Sandy Jones and many others, the punchy title track and the upbeat song of hope "Hold On" set the scene for a truly memorable album that remains fresh after the umpteenth listen. Subject matters include temptation in "Saturday Man" whilst "Hope" and the superb "All Right, Right Now" hint at her relationship with God in a way that is accessible to believer and non-believer alike. Amongst the many highlights, the supreme "Chasing Rainbows" is proof enough that O'Connor has crafted an album of radio friendly songs that have the added depth to establish her alongside the likes of fellow high flying Scots Amy MacDonald and KT Tunstall.
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