By Siobhan Parr
Independent Records Limited are rapidly becoming to Irish music what the MOBO's are for black music. Now their catalogue is bolstered by the excellent tones of Londoner (not Dubliner) Siobhan Parr. It's a little bit country, a little bit soul, a little bit blues and whole hell of a lot like Van Morrison for girls. Not a bad thing if you happen to be a female and in the mood for a sing at the top of your voice, in your Corsa, cause your man done you wrong (or once did).
Twelve tracks of outstanding song writing that would proudly sit atop the coffee tables of Britain and be big currency in the dinner party show off stakes. In fact it's surprisingly Sunday Times given Siobhan's previous pedigree having worked closely with Alabama 3, been signed to alternative stalwarts 4AD and collaborated greatly with Grand Drive. Therefore it should translate easily to the masses, whilst still kicking the shit out of mind-numbing dross like Dildo.
Take your pick of the songs, as all gleam in their own charming way and do everything to showcase Miss Parr's incredible voice. The poppy David Gray styled "Lose My Dress", the Maggie May baseline and mandolin on the excellent "Another Love", the country lilt's of "Hold Me" and a live cover of Buckley's "Buzzin Fly" are the preferred moments going to press. Quality is quality and there ain't no denying.