By Shirley Lee
Shirley Lee's self-titled debut album is a collection of Brit-pop style love songs. This album is a solo project and is a change from Lee's usual role as frontman of the Spearmints.
The album starts off with 'Upside Down On Brighton Beach,' and at this point you know that you won't be listening to a collection of cliche, soppy tunes. The song starts slow and gradually builds up to a great pop crescendo. The upbeat expression of love doesn't stop there, the album is riddled with songs like this. 'Walked Away', 'Smitten' and 'London Ghost Stories' are all catchy highlights along with standout track and single 'The Smack Of Pavement In Your Face'.
The album also benefits from Shirley's experience in the studio. 'Dissolving Time' and 'The Last Song' are boosted by excellent use of effects and studio know-how, which creates something extra and helps the tracks stand out.
When Shirley Lee wants to slow it down, the results are mixed. 'The Reservoir' is an emotional dedication to his father. The answer machine message at the end of the song is a real tear jerker. On the flip side, 'The First Time You Saw Snow' and 'Come On Feel The Lemonheads' probably didn't need to be included on the album and are not the same quality as the rest of the tracks.
What makes the album is the great mix of lyrics and melodies that are top notch feel good songs. After listening to it you'll have a smile a mile long.