Patsy Moore - The Most Private Confessions Of Saint Clair

Published Saturday 15th November 2008
Patsy Moore - The Most Private Confessions Of Saint Clair
Patsy Moore - The Most Private Confessions Of Saint Clair

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 50992-14836
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mark Hewerdine

Moore's first solo studio album in over a decade is the result of a long and painful gestation, but is well worth the wait. The album moves effortlessly from funky soul through ambient soundscapes to acoustic balladry, slipping in jazz piano and Arabian-flavoured guitar along the way. Her ability to drink in and breath out into her music such disparate influences mark her out as a unique talent. Moore's voice is something very special too - morphing from a soothing croon to impassioned growl and sweet falsetto at a moments notice. Like a fine, full-bodied wine these songs may not be easily and quickly digestible, musically or lyrically, but reveal complex flavours and themes to the listener willing to give them time. The title track offers an intimate confessional backed by a sparse blend of percussion and playful melodica, whilst the funky soul of "Defenceless", and "The Curve", an achingly beautiful song of being lost in the love and beauty of another, exemplify the musical spectrum Moore seamlessly crosses. "Around That Town" offers brooding bass and an insistent synth sequence reminiscent of Paul Simon's 'Surprise', and just when you think you have Moore pinned down, the song blossoms into an unexpectedly cheery coda, all ascending strings and uplifting piano. These most private of confessions give the listener an intimate gaze into the heart and soul of a very special artist.

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