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    Alchemy by Marlene Enright


    Mature

    Many smarter than average female musicians have trodden this musical path before but Marlene Enright, to her credit, pulls her song “Alchemy” neatly towards the nirvana of seventies class acts like Lyndsey De Paul and Carole King. Quirky but complex as all such songs should be.

    Review date: May 26, 2017
    Website: www.marleneenright.com

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    Torn In Two by Maria Kelly


    Urban melancholy

    Downbeat – as is her style it would seem – Maria Kelly piles on the melancholy to fuel the fire underneath her song “Torn in Two”. Those in the mood for reflection rather than excitement may find comfort here.

    Review date: May 26, 2017
    Website: www.mariakellymusic.com

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    Home by Marle Thomson


    OK

    Providing evidence that she is something of a mistress of understatement, Marle Thomson’s “Home” effectively demonstrates that it is more important to exude class these days than actually attempt to push your song into people’s ears by any means necessary. Some might even class this song as too cool for school.

    Review date: May 26, 2017
    Website: www.marlethomson.com

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    Burning Out by Emma Miller


    Grower

    Funnily enough, I did not like this song at all the first time that I heard it. After some wasabi peas, I decided that I liked “Burning Out” a bit and even got to thinking that Emma Miller had a voice classier than a supper club in downtown Londonium. Then, after a satisfying bag of chilli peanuts, I remembered that Ms. Miller is actually from Elgin and that her wistful approach to a song was but a distillation of the beauty surrounding the town of her birth.

    Review date: May 26, 2017
    Website: www.facebook.com/EmmaMillerMusicUK

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    Graces by Amy Steele


    Conventional

    Amy Steele has a nice voice and can clearly deliver a song with more than a bit of style but “Graces” is more an album filler than the song that might make a career. That said, I could see this song being used in an advert promoting the ownership joys associated with a Renault Twingo.

    Review date: May 26, 2017
    Website: www.facebook.com/AmySteeleMusic

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    Break Me by Mono


    Predictable

    I am normally a sensitive person in touch with both his emotions and the irony that is filtered through life in the modern world yet Mono’s song “Break Me” still managed to sound more like the result of laptop powered sequencing and a visit to a thesaurus than a song.

    Review date: May 26, 2017
    Website: www.facebook.com/iamthemono

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    Fading by Wensday


    Synthetic

    As always, I am a loss why the early days of synth pop would ever have become the source of inspiration to so many musicians across the world. In her favour, Wensday runs through her song “Fading” with conviction and charm even if the plastic backing track completely bypasses originality.

    Review date: May 26, 2017
    Website: www.facebook.com/wensdaymusic

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    Bleed It Out by Angus Munro


    Mover

    OK, so the boy writes thinly disguised, if acidic, show tunes but our very own Angus Munro knows that it is all about the ending and he duly takes his song “Bleed It Out” right through the repeat-repeat-repeat-chorus barrier into a rather splendid big finish that made my day. I even felt an urge to sing along but I am, of course, too cool to do that.

    Review date: May 5, 2017
    Website: www.facebook.com/angusmunromusic

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