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Album Review

Previously best known for her roles in the BBC adaptation of Lorna Doone and horror flicks Gone and The Echo, Liverpool born actress Amelia Warner's fledgling music career received an early boost when her stripped-back interpretation of the Smiths' "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" was chosen as the soundtrack to the much talked-about John Lewis Christmas TV ad campaign. Recorded under the guise of "Slow Moving Millie," her debut album, Renditions, builds further on this formula, with eight covers of her favorite '80s songs (alongside two original compositions), largely performed in an intimate style akin to a more Radio 2-friendly version of Nouvelle Vague. On the whole, it's an approach that works. The SAW-produced pure bubblegum pop of Bananarama's "Love in the First Degree" is transformed into a melancholic torch song underpinned by mournful strings; Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels" is treated to a similarly ghostly production as Gary Jules' reworking of "Mad World," while Warner's fragile, folky tones shine on the simplistic but haunting arrangement of Frankie Goes to Hollywood's "The Power of Love." The Spector-ish Wall of Sound on "Hold Me Now" (the Thompson Twins) and the angular indie pop of "Feels Like Heaven" (Fiction Factory) prove she's no one-trick pony, although a vaudeville retooling of Yazoo's "Only You" is hopelessly misjudged. However, the self-penned celestial balladry of "Beasts" and the hushed atmospherics of "Hart with a Crown & Chain" suggests that the first album proper she's recording with Florence + the Machine producer Charlie Hugall is more likely to pursue her more familiar back-to-basics direction. Despite appearances in the odd big-budget flick, Warner has failed to break through to the acting A-list, but Renditions shows enough potential to suggest Hollywood's loss is the music industry's gain. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Great Album

Worth ever penny!

Slow moving millie

Rendition brilliant and beautiful all these songs remember when they all came out but beautiful take on them


Maybe i am so old i remember these classics and cant get my head around the slow moving rather depressing versions on this cover album. If i had known it was all bad covers i wouldnt have preordered - lesson learnt. Wait for it to come out before buying


Born: 04 June 1982 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

English actress and songwriter Amelia Warner (aka Slow Moving Millie) was born in Liverpool to actor parents Annette Ekblom and Alun Lewis. She relocated to London at the age of four after her parents separated, where she went on to study art history at Goldsmith's College. She got her start as an actress as a member of the Royal Court's young theater group, eventually landing roles in the films Winter Passing, Aeon Flux, and Stoned, as well as the 2000 BBC adaptation of Lorna Doone. In 2009, Warner...
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