Play 90 second soundbite of 'Paris' @ 'CD quality'
On first hearing I was straight away struck by the beautifully mellow feel in the vocals; refined, honed and passionate. The album features Amy's regular accompaniment in Aled Richards (drums) and Dave Bronze (bass) and a host of guest artists resulting in an all-round, top-drawer, quality work. Amy's passionate songs have been given a dreamy, laid back feel here that's quite different to her raunchy live work. It works for me!
Previously released material given the 'new treatment' here are 'Just In Time', 'Scream', 'Anywhere', 'Open', 'Six Of One', 'Valley Boy', 'Prophet', 'Breathe' and 'Adre Nol'; each one coming up trumps with the refreshingly good reworkings. Previously unreleased works, 'Nothing', 'Paris', 'Grace' and 'June' demonstrate that Amy's talent for song writing isn't faltering; they're all excellent pieces and typical Amy. So, thirteen superb songs, several quality musicians and one beautiful and talented songstress coming together resulting in an outstanding contemporary, folk laced work.
Long standing Amy Wadge fans will certainly notice the difference in the recording approach on this outstanding album. Newcomers to her work should find this, as I did, a classy piece of work that's absorbing, passionate and thoroughly professional.
WOJ makes no excuses for its fresh, laid back feel. WOJ is Amy's finest work to date. WOJ is going to be a hard act to follow.