Date: May 03 2012
Selah Sue (Because Music)
It's a Saturday morning and I'm sitting, coffee in hand, listening for the first time to Selah Sue's new album, pondering why song after song I'm not feeling the usual pressure of forming a critical opinion. I realise that I feel a certain comfort in the sound, like it's been a part of my music collection forever but not so that it instils a feeling of background music. In fact, it positions itself very much in the foreground. Sounding like the hypothetical love child of Bob Marley and Amy Winehouse with a soulful raspy rasta feel, Selah Sue belts out tunes filled with content and sorrow all at once.
Listening on, I find myself almost searching for fault but, failing that, I settle into the reggae soul resonating from the speakers. Beautifully produced by a formidable team of musicians and producers, and released by a small French record label Because Music, Selah Sue really has a firm grip on what she wants and how to communicate it to her audience. It's what I would call an uplifting album, well-rounded in every aspect and delivering the rare gem that is a finished product, sounding in every way like an organic and natural collaboration between artist and producer. It's a natural evolution.
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