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LISBEE STAINTON Girl On An Unmade Bed (2009)

Lisbee Stainton

When Lisbee launched her career 18 months ago she became the first unsigned singer songwriter to play London's O2 arena, playing to 30,000.

But it was when BBC6 DJ Tom Robinson chanced upon the track 'Red' on Lisbee's myspace page that things really started moving. Robinson championed the track, leading to it being released as a debut single and playlisted by Radio 2 at the beginning of 2009.

It's fitting, therefore that 'Red' opens 21 year old Lisbee's debut album Girl On An Unmade Bed. And it does open it in some style - a Kate Bush 'Army Dreamers' style number but delivered on Lisbee's 8 string acoustic, with some lovely cello and strings accompaniment.

The title track follows, another typically 'English' singer song writer number not untypical of the more acoustic output of Sam Brown. It's another stunner.

What follows though, is more contemporary and 'mainstream' - radio friendly soft pop that glides seamlessly from pleasant on the ear pop balladry (Is Whispering), through soft rock of the likes of AloneMe / The Floe (Waiting Game), to almost Kate Nash territory (Harriet).

As a package it's a superb debut from a promising British talent. Something of a grower, and if you're quick you can download it from the young lady's website lisbeestainton.com for only 1.

Now if that's not the best musical purchase you'll make this year, I'll be damned. Check it out, great songs, lovely playing and vocals, and the distinct possibility that this girl will follow in the footsteps of some the best female singer songwriters these shores have produced...

***½

Review by Pete Whalley


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