Tomorrow Music/Proper Music www.pastsymatheson.co.uk [Released 31.03.14]
Two years on from the excellent ‘Stories Of Angels & Guitars’ Patsy Matheson is back with a new album and a departure in that she uses a lot more guest musicians, along with a lot of strings which is always a welcome treat in my book.
Like previous albums the majority of the songs are about relationships or current events, like the creepy practice of teenagers webcams being hacked on ‘From Your Computer’. ‘Song For Norman’ shows the benefit the added cello brings, which coupled with the multi-tracked harmony vocals on the chorus make for one glorious listen. Mention to the double bass playing of Jon Short that provides a steady beat, none more so than on ‘Red For Danger’ and lends a more menacing air to the aforementioned ‘From Your Computer’.
The only downside to the album? It is only ten songs, but then each one warrants its place and ‘Chasing Rainbows’, the only song not written by Patsy but by Boo Hewerdine, gives a positive end to the album.
Quite possibly her most accomplished album to date and an album that reinforces her as my favourite female singer next to Kate Bush and former Nightwish vocalist Tarja. ****1/2
Review by Jason Ritchie
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