Review: Heather Metherell
LEAVING a band and pursuing a successful solo career is a notoriously
difficult thing to do - especially when the band you have left
behind go on to be one of the biggest pop acts around.
It is, therefore, always a great pleasure to find that an artist
has gone against the grain and produced a genuinely interesting
piece of work.
Unfortunately, this cannot be said for the debut album from ex-Sugababes
member, Siobhan Donaghy.
This album seems to be suffering form a lack of identity. Its
not unpleasant in any way; in fact it blends perfectly into the
It has the same watery, bland quality as the Appletons
recent album, and is no more remarkable.
Donaghy has a good vocal range, but her voice lacks passion and
has a nasal quality that grates after a while.
Saying that, it is a style of singing that has proved popular
in music recently (think Pop Idol) so this may not hinder commercial
Tracks that stand out include the opening track, Nothing But
A Song, which has an interesting syncopated rhythm and a simple
acoustic guitar riff supporting the vocals.
The released single, Twist of Fate, has a memorable chorus
and effective vocal layering that give depth to Donaghys
This is in no way a bad album, but it is not a particularly good
It is a brave venture in some respects, as Donaghy has chosen
to let her music to the talking no scantily clad Top of
the Pops performances for this girl.
It is just a shame that she hasnt managed to come up with
anything more out of the ordinary.