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Shelly Poole Hard Time For The Dreamer Review

Album. Released 2005.  

BBC Review

Pretty ditties about day dreams and heartbreak populate this distinctly girly album...

Jack Smith 2005

Pretty ditties about day dreams and heartbreak populate this distinctly girly album from Shelly Poole, best known as one half of 90s duo Alisha's Attic.

Shelly takes an intricate yet pared down approach on her debut album, placing emphasis on live percussion and vocal experimentation. This is most evident on delicate ballads like "If You Will Be Pilot", where hand drums pick out the pace. While the fragile structure of "Don't Look That Way", is marked soley by Shelly's sweet voice.

The best songs here are more upbeat. Title track "Hard Time For The Dreamer" lays a gorgeous melody over a catchy guitar riff to brilliant effect, while the groovy Motown rhythm of "Lose Yourself" counters the deeply introspective ballads which crowd the album's second half.

The album closes with the haunting "Hope", the second of two duets with New Yorker Jack Savoretti.

An honest and well-crafted record that toys with elements of country rock, soul and blues. Well worth a listen.

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