Artist: Rosabella Gregory
Title: Everything Comes Together
Bitrate: 162kbit av.
Size: 74.61 mb
Rip Date: 2008-09-25
Str Date: 2008-00-00
1. Water 4:20
2. Better Love Next Time 4:29
3. India, China 5:39
4. Still 4:54
5. Elodie 3:57
6. Stars 5:09
7. Falling Leaves 3:39
8. Under The Rubble 3:19
9. Love The Man 4:38
10. Some Things You Say 4:21
11. Let Her Tell Me 5:43
12. Stay By You 11:25
Oscillating arpeggios and slave labour collide on this debut
album from half Egyptian, Devon-raised singer songwriter
Gregory. A Royal College of Music graduate, there's more than
a hint of the kind of prodigious skill you would expect from
somebody who has had ample time to spend in empty classrooms
with baby grand pianos.
Third person narratives are a strong point of Gregory's style.
India, China breaches the topic of Far Eastern sweatshops
without too much preaching as Gregory guiltily muses, ''As I'm
eating my dinner, the girl I won't meet is making five hundred
shirts and long skirts with a pleat''. Elodie is the heroine
of a nefarious tale that could have come from the pen of Pat
Barker or Jean Rhys. ''Elodie doesn't like the man her mother
invited to stay/ Elodie says she makes him angry, so she stays
out of his way''. The vignette is crisply addressed by Gregory
over the top of some ebullient piano riffs with just the right
amount of cagy menace.
Nothing else on the rest of the album comes close to this
marriage of melody and bridled rage but it's the arrangements
verging just on the right side of the scholarly that regularly
come to the rescue of some of the more irritating lyrics which
reach an embarrassing nadir on Stars where, coming across like
Lilly Allen's whiney older sister, Gregory tells us of her
days spent ''pouring out the granola, measuring the cost/ I'm
not counting calories, just all the years I?e lost''.
Ultimately - despite the odd lyrical own goal - Gregory?
endearing skittishness, vehement voice and lyrical subjects
which ensure that this has too much of an abrasive edge to
become dinner party music.