Shell Perris - Beautiful Life

Published Tuesday 3rd November 2009
Shell Perris - Beautiful Life
Shell Perris - Beautiful Life

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OUR PRODUCT CODE: 82899-15871
LABEL: Authentic 8205342
RELEASE DATE: 2009-11-06
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

It's always pleasing to witness artists steadily growing in creative accomplishment. Ever since she left TBC in 2006 Shell has been a singer/songwriter of huge potential and her EP 'Made To Be Me' subsequently expanded into the album 'Have Your Heard?' showed that she had bags of vocal and songwriting gift. Now 'Beautiful Life' moves her to the next level. The opener promises "a one way ticket to Paradise" with all the power pop energy that has made her such a favourite among teenage girls. That's followed by the kind of clever warning of resisting the siren voices of the permissive society "Don't Take Your Clothes Off" which is every bit as hard hitting as her album debut's "Barbie Girl". Executed with wit and a catchy groove Shell delivers two versions of "Clothes", one addressed to the boys with a typically effervescent rap from thebandwithnoname's Chip K. Track three is radio hit three, "Take A Look At Yourself", a track with edgy riffing guitars and another of those hooks which will register with any radio dial surfer. Then, just to show Shell is no one trick pony there's a catchy mid tempo song "Nothing's Gonna Stop The Rain" where she's backed by a delicious, neo classical piano before developing into a deft mid tempo jogger and, most surprising of all, an exquisite, haunting song "Every Time I Fall" where an acoustic guitar underpins surely the best vocal Shell has ever delivered on what is already one of my favourite songs of the year. And so the album continues, a delightful set artfully balancing poptastic immediacy and musical intelligence, with production ratcheted up from her debut and a growing confidence in Shell's songwriting. A gem.

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Product Description
In the two years since the release of her first album ‘Have You Heard?’, Shell has been touring, writing, recording, speaking, preaching, praying and everything else that goes hand in hand with being a top singer, songwriter, author and speaker with a powerful ministry.... somehow she’s also found the time to write some absolutely cracking pop songs, full of insightful, evocative and often witty lyrics that when put together make for a stunning new album that builds on the great power pop foundations of her debut and takes a step up in every way, shouting out the uplifting message that there’s a beautiful life available to everyone, just waiting to be lived.

Reader Comments

Posted by Mrthomas in UK @ 18:59 on Dec 10 2013

Late to the race, as usual... :)

I've just heard 'Nothing's Gonna Stop the Rain' on UCB. A great song with an amazing vocal.

Posted by Cath Matthews in St.Helens @ 16:52 on Nov 11 2009

After loving Shell's first album, 'Have you heard?', I couldn't wait to listen to her latest set of tunes. I wasn't disappointed. 'Beautiful Life' is fantastic. I absolutely love the rock chick feel of the up tempo numbers and the contrast of some really powerful ballads is amazing. The relevant lyrics and catchy melody lines have got me singing the songs around the house already. I absolutely love 'One way ticket' but don't think I can pick a favourite, just love them all. It has clearly been really well written and produced.
Shell's vocal ability shines through and there is something on this album for everyone.
To sum up, 'Beautiful Life' is fab, so buy it! buy it! buy it!

Posted by Rach and PaulJohnson in St. Helens @ 00:16 on Nov 8 2009

This album is cool, shell is up there with the best of them. She could sing the x factor finalists off the stage. The album is full of energy and style. The lyrics are straight down the line and the music is rock chick with catchy hooks and great riffs.
Shells energy really comes through in this album and I could definitely hear it being played on radio 1. So come on chris moyles give shell a play!!!!

Posted by lynsey atherton in widnes @ 22:32 on Nov 3 2009

I have listened to this album and I totally agree with the comments that have been made.
'Beautiful Life' shows Shell's progression and musical maturity and although I love 'Have You Heard' I have been so impressed with 'Beautiful Life'.
It is an amazing album that tells God's truth and promises in such a clear and relevant way. Shell is also able to tackle certain issues in a light hearted manner and so her sense of humour shines through (Don't take your clothes off!).
This album is a great listen and quickly becomes addictive. There isn't one song I dislike, but 'Nothing's gonna stop the rain' and Everytime I Fall' are my favourites. Defo worth a listen.
The time, effort and attention to detail put into the making of this album is evident throughout.
I cannot recommend Beautiful Life highly enough. It is a great listen. I can't wait to see it performed live!!!!

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