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Album Reviews With Ian Sinclair Phoenix by Sadie Jemmett

Nice enough but musically mundane

Sadie Jemmett
Phoenix
(TwoUpTwoDown Records)

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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