Grace - 2016
Here we have a throwback to the likes of Amy Winehouse, with a rich soul singer embracing elements of the 50s and 60s and incorporating them into songs that truly sound original and modern. Before the compositions, comes the voice though. There has not been such a beautifully tragic voice since the aforementioned Winehouse, with Grace epitomizing all that is great in that style. Her immense talent allows her to sing with soul, hurt, joy, passion, and any other type of emotion you can possibly think of, while at times, she remains deliciously playful - so we don’t get all Adele on ourselves and take every song so fucking seriously. Although her first full-length album, she sounds as though she has been doing this gig for much longer, as her command over where she wants her voice to go is exquisite.
The tracks are mostly throwbacks to the golden age of soul singers, with some wonderfully beautiful ballads thrown in, each one having plenty of movement to it, so avoiding sounding horribly cliche.
Highlights: “Coffee,” “From You,” “Hell of a Girl” and “Crazy Over Here”
Andrew Scott ranks this as the
#4 favorite album of 2016