|Stephanie Manns — Come Closer|
Stephanie Manns — Come Closer (2016) ♣••♣ V pohodě aktuální. Pozitivní a šťastné. Stephanie má krásný hlas a talent pro psaní písní. Píše nádherně upřímné texty. Není pochyb o tom, že Stephanie Manns je singersongwriter s brutálním talentem s jistým příslibem budoucího úspěchu. Navíc má chytlavou kytaru. Možná může být silně ovlivněna Tift Merritt, Madison Violet a Patti Griffin. Určení alba: různorodá (a to doslova) škála milovníků hudby.
♣••♣ “A singer–songwriter with raw talent.” — Maverick Magazine
♣••♣ “Stephanie Manns is one of the brightest, clearest and engaging voices to emerge onto the Scottish music scene in recent years.” — Creative Scotland
♣••♣ “An absolutely captivating singer–songwriter.” — Keith Greentree, BBC Norfolk Location: Edinburgh ~ Glasgow, Scotland, UK ~ New York, NY, U.S.
Album release: 2016
Record Label: Independent
01 Follow You 3:20
02 Ain’t It Funny 3:16
03 Come Closer 3:50
04 Get Gone 3:31
05 Great Love 3:07
06 The Way You Want Me To 4:04
07 Carnival 2:23
08 Fingers and Toes 4:13
09 All Over 3:41
10 Daisychains 3:33
♣••♣ Conor Smith (guitars),
♣••♣ Ewan Laing (drums)
♣••♣ Joe Rattray (bass) to go with her vocals and ukelele playing.REVIEW
Maurice Hope; Sunday, 02 March 2014; Score: 8
♣••♣ Manns’ brand of Americana is littered in subtle changes in direction of a music that is simple, effective and at same time innovative.
♣••♣ New blossoming talent, Glasgow working musician Stephanie Manns developed her music acumen on the Scottish music scene. Her songwriting is influenced by, among others Missy Higgins, Ingrid Michaelson and Jill Jackson. Plus, I’m led to believe you can also include Tift Merritt, Madison Violet and Patty Griffin too. Having supported people like Joan Armatrading, Midge Ure, Ahab and Brit Award winner Emeli Sande, coupled with being discovered by national arts organisation Creative Scotland (and who supported her financially to record the album) they have contributing factors in her development as performer and recording artist.
♣••♣ Manns tackles emotions of everyday life with enthusiastic vigour and able to shift gears fluently the listener has no walls to hit. For unlike many other acts, sameness doesn’t creep into her work. A superb vocal talent, Manns puts to excellent use the playing of Conor Smith (guitars), Ewan Laing (drums) and Joe Rattray (bass) to go with her vocals and ukelele playing. The tightness of which helps ensure not only the songs sound good, but the music also flows as she weaves pop, folk (Glasgow has a fine record producing folk pop acts high on quality and rich in melodic tones and has now become that little bit richer) and country together into the fabric of ‘Come Closer’.
♣••♣ Manns is especially pleasurable on the flowing, uptempo songs as in “Carnival“, clever little ditty “Ain’t It Funny“ and swaggering piece “Get Gone“ etc. This isn’t to say her work on the painstaking ballad “Great Love“ as she reminded me of American singer–songwriter Katy Moffatt. So impressed was I by the quality as she poured out her heart as she longs to meet the right one and have someone to kiss her goodnight. Slow, smouldering electric guitar etched ballad “Fingers & Toes“ lends a late in the evening feel, that with others would more than likely be over played. But Manns approach, aided by perfectly pitched harmony vocals is exemplary.
♣••♣ If Manns continues to develop at this rate, a lasting one awaits her. She doesn’t put a foot wrong throughout. With trusty ukelele to the fore, “Daisychains” the final song with her jaunty, bubbly vocals in peak form a happy ending is assured.
By Catherine Balavage
♣••♣ “A singer–songwriter with raw talent” — Maverick Magazine
♣••♣ Hailing originally from Edinburgh, this americana/country songstress now calls New York her home. Following her recent albums going from strength to strength and gaining fans in the UK and beyond, she is in the big apple writing, performing, and aiming to make a name for herself in the USA….
♣••♣ “It is obvious that this Glasgow based singer–songwriter has seriously impressive writing and vocal abilities” — The Upcoming
♣••♣ To date, Stephanie’s support accolades include Blues Legend Joan Armatrading, Ultravox’s Midge Ure, alt–country troubadours Ahab and Brit award winner Emeli Sandé. Her songwriting has been heavily influenced by Madison Violet, Tift Merritt, Patty Griffin and Emmylou Harris and her musical direction goes from strength to strength.
♣••♣ “Absolutely captivating” — Keith Greentree, BBC Norfolk
|Stephanie Manns — Come Closer|