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Album Review

Six years on from her debut album Dirty Child, Rosey returns with her sophomore set. In the interim, a proposed covers album was scrapped after the singer decided a tribute album to her musical heroines made less sense than allowing their inspiration to work through her. The result is Luckiest Girl, an album that allows the singer/songwriter to explore at length her jazz influences. Those influences are wide-ranging, encompassing artists as far afield as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, and makes for a surprisingly eclectic set. Roaming down yesteryear's path, Rosey hits some unintentional dead ends along the way, for not all her attempts to blend jazz and pop succeed. What works best are a clutch of big-band styled songs, including the sassy "Those Eyes," the slinky, sultry set opener "It's a Ruse," the defiantly upbeat "Be Somebody Blues," and the smoky torch song "It's Easier on Me." Her old hit "Love" is also subtly reworked to great effect, its Latin rhythms accentuated and counter-pointed by moody, gypsy flavored passages. Equally good is the sophisticated sound of "Who Am I" awash in a supper club atmosphere. On all these songs, Rosey successfully channels vocal icons,

but on "I Remember," she instinctively keeps sliding into pop, rather ruining the carefully crafted mood of the song. The title track is even worse, an uneasy mix of jazz and soft pop. And soon Rosey's real roots are showing as the album draws to a close with a trio of unabashedly pop ballads, just the kind with which she made her name. Still, you can't fault an artist for attempting to grow, even if it's with some fits and starts. Overall her optimistic lyrics show real maturity, while the melodies, by and large, are strong. And it says much about the strength of her performances and material that listeners will appreciate the arrangements, while ruing Rosey wasn't singing before an actual big band.

Customer Reviews

Very Jazzy :)

Her voice is great and soulful, lyrics are catchy and worth listening to a hundred time!

A Unique Fusion of Jazz and Pop

Okay, her voice is definitely unique. Quirky is probably a better description. At first, I thought maybe she was singing with a foreign accent, but I don't think that is true. I guess that it is just the ways she sings. Vocally, she reminds me a bit of Leon Redbone or Rickie Lee Jones with a little Amy Winehouse. The songs range from pretty good to really good. I think that she wrote all of them, but I couldn't find out a whole lot about them online. I was surprised at their consistent quality. They are mostly about the ups and downs and complexities of love, but aren't most songs? Musically, the songs range from jazz to pop and she moves between those two poles pretty well, I thought. "Hand in Hand" is a really pretty indie-piano ballad that would fit in well on "Grey's Anatomy." While another of my favorites "Who Am I" is backed with a smooth-jazz/Jobim/bossa nova lounge arrangement and makes me think of hot summers and cocktails. I think that she sings the jazz songs just a bit better than the more straight forward pop songs, but I am partial to jazz. I wrote this review mostly because of previous negative reviews. I didn't think that they were accurate or fair.

Must Buy, Awesome all the way through

This is a great cd. You'll listen to it over and over. Lovely, rich voice, inspired lyrics and warm arrangements. You dont have to like jazz to love this album. Buy now!


Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '00s

Singer/songwriter Rosey has been surrounded by music since her early childhood and credits her big family for keeping the excitement alive. First, it was the Beatles. She found her parents' record collection around age seven and couldn't resist the infectious pop sounds of the Fab Four. By college, she was spinning world music at her college radio station and absorbing the vast selection of urban fusion. And through countless music industry jobs, Rosey found her calling. She packed her bags and left...
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