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Siobhan Donaghy - Revolution in Me


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. It’s not unpleasant in any way; in fact it blends perfectly into the background.

It has the same watery, bland quality as the Appleton’s 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 success.

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 Donaghy’s voice.

This is in no way a bad album, but it is not a particularly good one either.

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 hasn’t managed to come up with anything more out of the ordinary.

Track listing:
1. Nothing But Song
2. Man Without Friends
3. Overrated
4. Little Bits
5. As You Like It
6. XY
7. Suasex
8. Twist Of Fate
9. Faces
10. Dialect
11. Revolution Me
12. Iodine

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