Daisy Chapman - 'Shameless WInter'

by PaulRiley
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on 27 January 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Songs And WHispers
Rating 7/10

From the first few phrases of this album, Daisy Chapman’s beautiful voice oozes confidence. She has an incredibly strong vocal style that only comes with the maturity of years of performance. She is has a beautiful gift for writing songs that feel as if they were just plucked out of thin air - it doesn't feel like a struggle, more a spontaneous outpouring. Bringing inspiration from sources as diverse as the bleak snowy UK weather, and a European stint as pianist with rock outfit Crippled Black Phoenix, many of the songs on Shameless Winter were conceived while on tour, and the feeling of constant travel and movement adds a restless, melancholy feel to the album. There is often much greater scrutiny given to the lyrics of folk(y) musicians, purely because they are often much more prominent in the mix. In this aspect, Chapman excels. She has a fantastic facility for narrative songwriting; there are plenty of stories and emotions that draw you in, making Shameless Winter a compelling listen. Strong lyrics and impressive vocal performances are complemented by intelligent and restrained musical arrangements featuring piano, acoustic guitar and a small string ensemble. A nicely rounded album, albeit with perhaps an unnecessary cover (Smashing Pumpkins’ Disarm), that is an education in songwriting to anyone who listens. Shameless Winter will not be short of admirers.

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