STYLE: Roots/Acoustic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 135125-20499 LABEL: Authentic 5060256820918 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2013-02-01 RRP: £9.99
Reviewed by Lins Honeyman
Derbyshire-based singer/songwriter Rosie has teamed up with the likes of the talented Mark Edwards on a plethora of instruments, brass player Cathy Wannall and producer Phil Baggaley (all part of the Midlands-based Open Road musical collective) to offer up something very special indeed. Vocally and stylistically, Meek is in the same vein as fellow folky songstresses Amy MacDonald and Kate Rusby as evidenced by the quirky upbeat opener "How The Mighty Fall" which, complete with some memorable accordion work from Edwards, hooks the listener in from the off and sets the scene for an album of gentle and skilfully delivered pieces. Keeping things generic and mainstream-friendly in the faith stakes, Meek chooses to reference subject matters as authenticity in the catchy "Americano" and creativity ("Something Ordinary") whilst gently denouncing the fame game in the light-hearted "Hollywood". Elsewhere, Meek deftly balances the melancholy of tender songs like "Swallows" and "Chinese Lanterns" with the feel good factor of "Adventure" - marred only by the uncharacteristically painful line "we could go to Brazil or maybe sit and chill" - to make for a nicely varied album that deserves to seep into the nation's consciousness very soon.
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Rosie Meek and the Open Road is a special find. Rosie has a lovely open and uncomplicated voice. The tracks all tell their story with simplicity and winsomeness.
Rosie Meek is part of a musicians collective from Derby called Open Road Music. Although their Christian faith is very important part of their lives they would describe themselves as musicians who are Christians. Consequently the lyrics to the songs reflect their Christian outlook on life and experience rather than being overtly religious or didactic.