STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 92560-16463 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD EP ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Alastair McCollum
Recently chosen as Premier Radio's 2010 Live And Unsigned competition winner Worcestershire-born Jules Rendell's second self-produced offering shows why such accolades are well deserved. Hard work and constant touring, along with a strong 'cyber-presence' on MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, Last FM and Reverbnation are raising Jules' profile as she touts a seven song collection highlighting the strength of her soaring vocals and flowing piano playing. The album contains simple studio recorded piano and vocal arrangements with occasional extra backing vocals and one live track recorded at New Wine North 2009. The eponymous opening track sets the tone of these beautiful arrangements with deft piano playing and that exceptional voice while the soulful "You've Changed" and the slightly mournful "This Isn't Love" are other standouts. The weakest track of this EP is the live "Destination", which may be the limitation of trying to capture her live performance, but still contains a lively gospel style piano arrangement. Look out for her next recording which will feature a full band. It should be something special.
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