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Alice Offley - Bruise Like A Peach

Posted by Eddie on 2011/9/26 20:50:00

EP Review by Ed Dyer
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Through time spent in bands like The Shebeats and The Mentalists Alice Offley has been a fixture of the local music scene for a while. Going solo and a move to London has not dampened her enthusiasm or talent at all. Bruise Like A Peach is her debut solo EP, and is a 5 track nugget of genius.
I had only heard Alice solo live, when it is just her, her piano and that great voice. But her recordings are poppier, funkier and jauntier, yet still with that dreamy vocal style. It is a beguiling combination, that has a commercial sound, but retains a lot of credibility.
Opener Mercy is heavy in tone but maintains a real anthemic quality with a hummable chorus and romantic lyric and a bit of an 80’s pop vibe about it. Highlight track Cupid has similar qualities but is much more up to date sounding, with a rolling piano riff and verse melody reminiscent of Kate Nash and another massive chorus that is bubbly yet forlorn.
The other tracks are a little mellower but no less excellent, again illustrating a fantastic pop sensibility and lyrical ability and showing a broad breadth of influences. Capping this fantastic selection is a little gem of a live cover. Just Alice and her piano it is a great reworking of Easy Lover, by Phil’s Bailey and Collins. The simple nature of the recording highlights the quality of Alice’s voice, and in the tradition of great covers is a real improvement on the original.
Bruise Like A Peach is available on iTunes now, and is a real pop masterclass that should occupy a small space in your music collection.

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