27 Nov AMP Review: Aine Duffy “With Bells On”
Aine Duffy sure has got her bells on for this one. The album is coherent, smooth in its transitions, catchy, fun, thoughtful and deeply felt. If you haven’t heard Aine’s voice before you can probably hear echoes of Grace Slick, Robert Plant, and Kate Bush, although, saying that, there is no mistaking her for anyone else. Ethereal yet full of strength her voice swings across the compositions with ease and confidence. It feels like we are allowed to share a very personal journey, brought in the door by the sheer and lovely song (Even Paler In The Mirror), after which the rest of the rooms (and moods) of the house are thrown open one by one. Aine finds herself equally comfortable in reggae territory (Won’t Go For Now) or in a ballad (I Can’t Help You Now), as in more vigorous spots (the single Don’t Do Much or Excuses). If this album doesn’t get much airplay it would be a right out shame. Every home should have their bells on, as you’ll find yourself singing and dancing along by the sheer joy that it exudes. As far as licensing goes this is a treasure trove.
Styles: Alternative, Pop, Rock, Reggae, World, Acoustic
Moods: Confident, sad, elegant, wild, bittersweet, quirky, dramatic, world, pop, alternative, epic, anticipation, moody, catchy