Second album from the band that won awards at the Classic Rock Society
last year and has been growing in popularity in the process. Along with
Mostly Autumn and Karnataka, three bands that show there is life in the UK
music scene outside of indie and metal bands. Secret weapon in the band has
to be the vocal talents of Kirsty McCarrick (and I assume her sister Hayley
who adds backing vocals throughout the album), who has a very melodious
voice - shades of Clannad’s Marie Brennan.
Musically it’s a step-up on the debut with the drums higher in the mix
and the guitars turned-up only when needed. Highlights? ‘Hide Away’ romps
along and could easily make the playlist of BBC Radio 2. Sounds a bit like
the Corrs! ‘The Rhythm’ is a haunting ballad making good use of keyboards
and tight rhythm section. ‘Bird in a Cage’ enters pop rock territory with a
jaunty chorus. ‘New Dress’ sees Kirsty hitting the high notes and crashing
guitars - a fine tune and possibly the best here.
Quecia have come on leaps and bounds since their debut, which is no mean
feat as the debut had many highlights. For those who love the female fronted
rock of All About Eve, Mostly Autumn and Karnataka this is a ‘must have’.