ALBUM REVIEW: Louise Latham “Reclaimed”

Boasting the whimsical lyrical innocence of Lotte Mullan and the colourful vocal of Paula Cole, Cardiff native Louise Latham is an exciting musical prospect. Chirping “I’m not a saint”, on the opening track (“Saint”) of her debut album “Reclaimed”, is an angelic presence whose protestations hang curiously in the air. Who is Latham? What has she to say? Why so adamant as she makes her introduction? As soon as her proclaiming ceases, she kicks into the dancey come-on “Melt Me Down Like Chocolate”, and it is clear that her duality oozes appeal.

Latham’s easy on the eye and easy on the ear appeal is immediately apparent, but what makes her such an interesting artist is that she can bolster the power like Nell Bryden, reign it all in like Ane Brun but most importantly tell a story like the unforgettable Eva Cassidy.

While “Erase Me” provides the album’s low point mid-way through proceedings, Latham rarely slips up in the album’s structure. Though the lush subtleties of “Together Tonight” form the album highlight, the country strut of “Young Boy” and whirl of “Melt Me Like Chocolate” make a strong case for Latham to explore the Paula Cole as opposed to Sarah MacLahlan within.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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2 Comments

  1. This album is a wonderfull piece of art. Mezmerising stuff.

  2. A fantastic piece of work! a very very beautiful album. Stunning!


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