You might do a double take when you learn where Katy J Pearson is from. On her quietly majestic second album she sounds like a prairie ingenue on some songs and a hardened Nashville veteran on others, but this excellent 26-year-old singer hails from Bristol, England.
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However, there's no trace of the West Country in her wonder of a voice. This very fine record ranges from folky acoustic lyricism to bittersweet rock-outs but it’s those quavering and expressive vocals that will really grab you.
Somewhere between Stevie Nicks and maybe a young Dolly Parton, she really wraps herself around every note on the haunting title track, while Talk Over Town is a great slice of cruising heartland rock.
Twinkling rocker Riverbed has a rhythm section that will lodge in your head for days and album standout Storm To Pass has all the bruised quality of Nicks hitting that sweet spot where folk rock intersects with AOR.
With such a vintage, classic sound, it’s fitting that Pearson finishes with Willow’s Song - a cover of Paul Giovanni’s original taken from the 1973 soundtrack of The Wicker Man.
Alan Corr @CorrAlan2