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O, Devotion by Liz Green

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Reviewed on 16th November 2011.


O, Devotion

By Liz Green

On first listen to the first 2 tracks on Liz Greens debut album I was a little underwhelmed, folksy with Lilly Allen style vocals I thought, a little disappointing. However when 3rd track, Displacement Song burst forth my view of the whole album was transformed.

Neat horn and percussion arrangements served to highlight an excellent lyrical narrative, little wonder that it's been used as the lead single. The track was key to bringing the album into focus and from then on I started to fall slowly in love with each track, even revaluating my initial reaction to the two lead songs.

I will admit there is no massive hooks to instantly engage the passing listener but more patient minds will find rich rewards here. Tracks like Bad Medicine really shine, the lyrics always keep you guessing, is Liz talking about, war, illness, old age or the difficulties of relationship, I'm not sure still but it keeps the listener intrigued.

If there is one criticism of this album then it would be that I would like to see Liz push further with her vocal arrangements and play it a little less safe, there was a tendency to keep things fairly mid tempo throughout the album.



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