Helen Bainbridge - Deep Calls To Deep

Tuesday 1st February 2000
Helen Bainbridge - Deep Calls To Deep

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
RATING 3 3 3
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Trevor Kirk

This is gentle easy listening music performed on acoustic guitars, key­boards and percussion by Helen and her friends Alex and Ric. Helen wrote all the songs on the album; unfortunately, the whole thing has a rather dated sound, reminiscent of 70's Fisherfolk stuff, and Helen's voice, whilst pleasant enough, isn't all that strong and sometimes wan­ders off-pitch. Apparently, she and lona founder member Dave aren't related, which is a shame, since this could have certainly done with a bit of Celtic passion and fire. As it is, it meanders along in a very pre­dictable way, with little variation in chord patterns, keys or tempo. Production values are good; sadly I can't say the same for the material,

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