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Brighton Singer’s Hushed Second Album

Brighton resident Carrie Tree is an anti-fracking campaigner but there’s a disarmed gentleness to her second album, incorporating the elegant meandering of Jeff Buckley and the more esoteric aspects of of John Martyn and Damien Rice. Tree briefly re-located to South Africa to borrow the talents of some of Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba’s band for the sultry Mama Kita. Better still, she brings all sorts of new menace to to Portishead’s Glory Box, but her real strengths come on the spartan, hushed intimacy of Water Song and Better Next Time, the lavishly layered Perfectly Cast (where she nearly yodels) or the more singular Unfolds.
Such a bundle of tricks combine to suggest that she may be the logical successor to the long-lost Mary Margaret O’Hara.
4/5 Stars
John Aizlewood