What does it sound like?:
Melody’s voice has a smoky, feline quality that kisses the sweet spot at the base of my spine. It makes me purr and tremble both at the same time. She could sing pure gobbledygook and I’d be in raptures.
She is pigeon-holed as a jazz chanteuse but, here, on her fourth album, Melody is is writing songs with greater ambition and scope. There are three main types of song across ten tracks; swampy blues, string-swept slowies and punchy soul. There is very little jazz. Her voice has ripened into a strong, confident instrument, which she deploys with admirable restraint, allowing the mood of the songs to be expressed without histrionics.
The signature sounds of the album are Pete Kuzma’s gospel organ, mud-splattering guitar from Dean Parks, Dan Higgins’s rumbuctious baritone sax and Melody’s own fragile piano. The strings are sumptuous, constructed by Clément Ducol. He is especially good on If Ever I Recall Your Face and the closing, Once I Was Loved, where he cups a Melody piano fragment like a tiny bird in the palm of his hand and, delicately, raises her up to the heavens. The whole thing is classily masterminded » Continue Reading.