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Focus Music (2004)

I first heard Jodie Winter on one of the 'Acoustic' albums covering the Beatles song 'Blackbird' and was intrigued to find out more. Well to be honest you need to be Sherlock Holmes to find anything out about Jodie Winter as her website is offline and the label this album was released on has no mention of it on their website. The only easily findable mention is on the Abbey Road website!

Basically this is an album of Beatles and Beach Boys covers which show to full effect the harmonious tones of Jodie Winter. The aforementioned 'Blackbird' is a real treat - acoustic guitar backing, mellow vocals and an uplifting mid-section.

The version of 'Good Vibrations' hits the mark as well - the album features multi-layered vocals throughout coupled with strings and keys where needed.

Excellent production throughout - just listen to 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' with its Eastern tinge and haunting vocal delivery. Only the jazz piano intro leading into dance beats on 'Darlin' misses the mark for me.

It is all covers bar the original opening track but with such a wonderful voice and different arrangements it makes for a cracking listen.

It is hard to track this album down but believe you me it is well worth the effort. Hopefully Jodie Winter will make another album and one which people can find easily.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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