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IF YOU like MOR US artists like Mary Chapin Carpenter, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gretchen Peters, then the new album from English singer-songwriter Sadie Jemmett will sound familiar.
A collection of Radio 2-friendly country-folk songs, she moves easily between confessional and introspective ballads and more worldly concerns. Don’t Silence Me takes on the #MeToo movement — “Take your hands off my sister/Didn’t you hear her say NO?” — while The Wilder Shores of Love deals with the refugee crisis.
On Good Friday she sounds a lot like Alanis Morissette, while Leonard’s Waltz finds her talking Brexit, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen.
Based around acoustic guitars and Jemmett’s crystal-clear vocals, it all sounds nice enough but musically it’s pretty mundane. Lyrically, don’t expect anything too profound or equal to the top-class songwriting skills of the aforementioned US singer-songwriters.
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