Sandi Thom - Smile... It Confuses People

Published Thursday 8th January 2009
Sandi Thom - Smile... It Confuses People
Sandi Thom - Smile... It Confuses People

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 54020-14949
LABEL: RCA 82876843432

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

Sandi Thom you will know from the hit single (included here) "I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With Flowers In My Hair)" which very much sets the tone for this CD, being folk-tinged pop in style and relies very heavily on Thom's vocal. It therefore matters rather a lot whether you like her voice or not, as it's the more acoustic-styled songs that work better - they're the ones that stand out - as opposed to the straighter band workouts. There's an element of early Melissa Etheridge in there (particularly "What If I'm Right") and a hint of the Beautiful South in some of the arrangements, too, especially "Sunset Borderline" and "Castles", but you keep coming back to her voice. If you like it (and I do) then this is a good CD. If you didn't like "Punk Rocker" then you're unlikely to like this, which means that the single has very much fulfilled its duty as a taster for the album (just like the old times that song harks back to). Standout track: "Time".

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