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Laura Cole – Dirty Cheat

With a strong, classic motown vibe, Laura Cole’s latest release Dirty Cheat is confident and sassy…


Laura Cole - Dirty CheatOpening with ‘Sweet Escape’, Cole’s voice shows off all those tones and stylings that throw the memory back to that classic 50s and 60s sound. At times she leans very close to the same kind of kitschy tweeness that Zooey Deschanel often channels on her She & Him recordings. Not to say that is a bad thing at all, it’s simply a whole lot of fun. ‘Darlin’ Sweetheart’ keeps going in the same way, with its shuffling drums and laid back vocal that effortlessly slides itself along the melody, with some cheeky scale runs for good measure, while ‘The Only One’ puts bright and snappy guitars to good use which gently runs alongside smoky keys that all contribute to the track’s groove. It’s a point on the album that feels most like the work of Amy Winehouse, upright and confident, with a strong melody on the chorus that sees Laura Cole’s voice standing strong, seemingly enjoying every single note sung. There are some unusual moments to be found in the album’s production – ‘Unworthy’ starts off with a Hendrix style grumbling guitar part, before unfolding into a sultry man eater of a track. There’s plenty to enjoy here on Dirty Cheat from its opening notes to its conclusion with the album’s title track that grooves and slouches with pleasure. Required listening for any fans of female fronted bluesy soul.

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