Not many albums I receive these days hit a groove with me and I instantly get them. But this is the case with the latest addition to my turntable.
Last Night from Glasgow and Scottish Fiction bring us An Unforgiving Light by Annie Booth.
We start with the beguiling and tricksy ‘Demons’. It opens like a traditional acoustic ballad but soon we are thrown into a widescreen sound that could fill stadiums. Annie, it appears, is equally comfortable up at 11 as she is behind her mellow acoustic guitar.
‘Over My’ is next and its syncopated rhythm and ebbs and flows will have you hooked in no time. This feels like a single and a hit one at that.
The song which really underpins this album for me is ‘Never Go To Church’. Over a smoky, seductive backing Annie sings of her distrust of religion and its way of assuring us that there is “a place for me and you”. I hear you Annie!
Lead single from this album is the anthemic ‘Chasms’. “I know it shouldn’t matter oh but it does”, Annie sings mantra like. Something we can all relate to.
An Unforgiving Light is a very accomplished and cohesive collection of songs. Sequenced beautifully it flows neatly from one track to then next and before you know it you are reaching over to listen all over again. There truly is “beauty in the shadows”.
An Unforgiving Light is out on October 20th 2017