CD Reviews: Roachford on song with a release packed full of hits - The Solihull Observer

CD Reviews: Roachford on song with a release packed full of hits

Solihull Editorial 6th Nov, 2020   0

CD Reviews

Roachford – Twice in a Lifetime

HMV describes this release as ‘trending’ as well they might.

It’s packed with hits with Roachford himself and producer James Hogarth claiming the lion’s share of the writing credits.

The result is a stunning album that not only carries on the great Soul tradition but takes it to another level.

A release to bring you joy.


Bettye LaVette – Blackbirds

You have to turn the clock back nearly 60 years to find Bettye LaVette’s first big hit in the US’s R&B charts and since then she’s gone on to record some stunning albums without really getting her due acclaim (check out ‘Interpretations – The British Rock Songbook’ and ‘Things Have Changed’).

With Blackbirds she’s back on familiar ground with a release so personal it’s searing.


Oh Susanna – Sleepy Little Sailor

The re-release of her 2001 hit comes in deluxe form with added acoustic versions of the title track plus four more.

It’s all good too, which makes her rendition of the Otis Redding classic ‘I’ve Got Dreams to Remember’ all the harder to fathom.

It’s the fourth track in and it throws the flow right out of kilter. A pity.


Big Joanie- Sistahs

This album came out last year but is worth highlighting again because it is that good.

An all-girl punkish trio, they don’t mince their words with cutting lyrics all backed by a driving rhythm.

‘Used to be Friends’ is a standout but there’s plenty to love in this refreshing release.



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