Selah Sue: Reason

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Belgium produces some great music: we bought a stack of quality indie CDs (Boy And the Echo Choir, Nox) from a shop in Brussels (near the weeing nipper, if you’re over). Rock band Triggerfinger are from Lier, and we had to buy tickets to see the Rolling Stones to catch them live in Hyde Park. One of the best sets we’ve ever seen. Balthazar, a Belgian indie pop band, are also good.

So we weren’t sure what to expect from this: the cover suggested delicate indie but we should expect more from the home of René Magritte, and this is an instantly likable soul/pop album whose summery sound has gone down well in the Review Corner.

This is Sue’s second album and her maturity as a songwriter shows. Opener Alone is a classic funky old school disco/soul song, taking us right back to the 70s. I Won’t Go For More opens with guitar and sounds more modern and indie; a cool Dido, with soulful vocals. The title track is slower and bluesier. Together is back to being a bit more indie.

It’s an appealing album, being approachable and easy while not sounding overly commercial. She’s got a soulful voice, and there’s something very down to earth about it all. No real standouts but then no weak songs either. Many years ago we used to like Deniece “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” Williams and this reminded us of that. (Whether that is an accurate memory is another question). A good pop album.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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