Patsy Moore - The Flower Child's Guide To Love And Fashion

Saturday 1st October 1994
Patsy Moore - The Flower Child's Guide To Love And Fashion
Patsy Moore - The Flower Child's Guide To Love And Fashion

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Warner Alliance WBD4162
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Niazi Fetto

A touch of the hippy (yep, some tracks have got sitar) but there's more, much more, than 60's nostalgia here. This is a shining example of commercial pop at its best. Patsy Moore possesses a twinkling, delightfully understated voice which handles both the whimsical ("I Love A Boy On College Radio") and the reflective ("Fine Glide") with total ease and success. Her songwriting talents, moreover, are equally superb. Both musically and lyrically, there is a depth here that is refreshing and rare in a pop album. As in her debut album, the music is acoustic-based, vibrant with ventures into various styles, including Latin, folk and jazz, whilst the beautifully crafted lyrics enrich the rhythm and melody with their poetry, making their message clear with no need for the bull-in-a-china-shop approach. Highlights include the first track, "I've Got A Million", with its heavy Celtic influence and catchy, simple chorus, "Hate Is A Thief" with its tender melody and poignant, poetic lyric, and the superlative "The State I'm In", which combines Ms Moore's voice with that of Phil Keaggy in an exquisite ballad that deserves to be a hit. No album has spoken to the 'child in me' in such a way since Julie Miller's debut. A rich, rewarding and special experience.

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