Spokes Records – 2005 – 45 minutes

Wicklow girl Tara Blaise contributed vocals to Corrs manager John Hughes' solo effort 'Wild Ocean' last year and that collaboration created a songwriting partnership, which led to the release of Blaise's stirring solo debut.

'Dancing on Tables Barefoot' opens with the peppy 'The Three Degrees', but moves into mellower territory in 'Superman in a Bottle' and the fragile 'Fool for Love'. It's rich in ballads, but the pop songs give it real lift too.

A few of these tracks are a little inane; 'Later', for instance, belies the maturity of the rest of the album. But 'Radio Star' is a nice pop tune and it gives the album a pleasant diversity.

Blaise's wonderfully rich voice is a joy to listen to, achingly brittle on 'Fool for Love' and powerfully confident on recent single 'Paperback Cliché'. Her enthusiasm for what she does shines, particularly on the pop tunes.

'Dancing on Tables Barefoot' may make you want to do just that.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: The Three Degrees – Superman in a Bottle – Fool for Love – 21 Years – Paperback Cliché – Later – For Your Own Good – Feel Free – Radio Star – Ladybird – Little Girl – Unbearable Lightness