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NATASHA STUART

LIGHT THIS FUSE

RELEASED 2012

 

 

 

 

Like a plate of great food this album from Natasha Stuart has a lot of great textures, colours and flavours going on. There is also a lot of variety on display as we run the gamut of some great Rock and Roll through selections that explore AOR, funk and soul. Above all though it is a great backdrop for what is a truly remarkable voice.

 

 

 

Opener ‘Get Over Me’ starts us off, it’s a funky rocker driven by a hypnotic almost Zeppelinesque riff; and whilst ‘Let It Go’ is both lighter and airier, it’s uplifting, again with the backbone of a driving rocking riff behind it.

 

 

 

It’s obvious that on ‘Light This Fuse’ Natasha has gathered a great group of musicians behind her, and the album is beautifully constructed with a very clean sound that doesn’t distract from the essence of the songs. So while the production might not be to everyone’s tastes (though it works for me); you can imagine this taking on different hues performed live. 

 

 

 

‘Oxygen’ is probably our favourite track here at the moment - a big building pop-rock song that you immediately connect with. Its natural counterpart here is the wonderful ‘Rebound’ another radio-friendly soulful instant classic. With the wind in the right direction, if these hit the right ears, who knows where it would lead?

 

 

 

‘Chance to Say Goodbye’ is probably what these days you would call RnB, it’s an enticing song that draws you in; and the clean early-Prince styled funk of ‘Was I A Fool’ is another well-realized song: both are elevated by great vocals.

 

 

 

Our top picks at the moment though are probably the beautiful soulful centerpiece of ‘Undone’; the radio-friendly pop of ‘Oxygen’; the funky ‘I Want’ and the clean bluesy pop of “Dangerous’.  But to be honest there’s nothing to disappoint here.

 

 

We’d love to catch Natasha live to see what she does with this great set of songs in the not too distant future.

 

 

 

By Jo Rockpit