Single reviews: SHARON LAZIBYRD, EMMA CHARLESTON

SHARON LAZIBYRD – Opium Of The Masses

https://www.facebook.com/Sharon-Lazibyrd-324663394401783/ [Release date 24.03.17]

‘Opium of the Masses’ is the latest single from Sharon Lazibyrd, released ahead of her album, ‘Half Shame and Half Glory’ due later this year. It features Sharon on vocals and ukulele and she is joined by Damon and Kate Bridge (Owl in the Sun) and Tom Cory (Bare Knuckle Parade).

A poignant song dealing with life’s delusions, wants and needs. Sharon’s vocal grabs the listener and by effective use of piano, accordion and violin we have a blissful piece of folk pop. Perfect for mainstream radio, yet enough use of traditional instruments to please folk traditionalists.

Two singles in and I for one eagerly await Sharon’s full debut album. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

EMMA CHARLESTON – Falling

www.facebook.com/emma.charleston21/ [Release date 17.02.17]

Emma Charleston has graduated through the Berklee College of Music, along with starring in and directing local theatre productions of Broadway musicals. The letter doesn’t really show in ’Falling’ withy its stripped back arrangement.

Emma has a soaring voice, not unlike Joni Mitchell say and her voice is the star of the piece, as she is backed only by acoustic guitar. Definitely a voice and talent to keep a watch on. ***1/2

Review by Jason Ritchie

EMMA CHARLESTON – Falling



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BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
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CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
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