Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Sweeping The Nation Albums Of 2010: Number 50
Just when you think you have the measure of Gabby Young, she disappears off on another tangent. There's been an attempt to sell the big-voiced Bath-born songstress (who gave Frank Turner his first national tour as support) foremost as a fashion icon in waiting, a VV Brown for the Immodesty Blaize set, but the burlesque whirl is as likely to resolve itself as klezmer, folk, jazz, ballroom, gypsy swing, Peggy Lee torch song or alehouse grandstanding. Her gothic soul and heart might be closer to the smouldering heart of Kate Bush than any number of synth-wielding sales attractors - think of a Paloma Faith who actually was like that. Not that it's merely that, as the melange of procession horns, Eastern European dances and Young's gorgeously adaptable voice, ranging from circus barker to close miked vulnerability to evocative power, takes it clear of fashionista spheres and into ambitious individuality.
We're All In This Together
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