By Charlotte Hatherley
Hmm... The difficult 4th single from the 2nd album, it's ok if you're Michael Jackson and have just made Thriller* but more often you can't hear the song for the sound of the barrel being scrapped.
Thankfully this isn't the case with Charlotte Hatherley's 'Again' the latest single from acclaimed album 'The Deep Blue', Charlotte's first album since leaving Irish indie favourites Ash. Like her first LP 'Grey Will Fade', released in 2004 whilst still with Ash, The Deep Blue has garnered high praise from critics and fans but not troubled the charts unduly, a shame as her singles would provide a meatier counterpoint to the whimsy of the other troubadouresses (!) currently hogging the chart show.
Charlotte's voice comes over strongest on 'Again' as opposed to the more usual guitar, it's a good solid girl's indie voice, kind of what you'd expect and hope to hear, with what I'd swear was an Irish lilt, except I don't think she's Irish, maybe it's all that hanging around with Ash? The song itself is a down tempo tale of regret and self recrimination, a familiar tale but well told.
Single is download only but I would recommend tracking down two Fred Deakin remixes of 'Dawn Treader' and 'It isn't Over' from the same album, mid paced reworkings using repeated and treated vocal snippets to create an undulating, mesmerising couple of mixes that compliment the main tracks very tastily.