As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album
Listen to the album in full, then again and then start to consider the review. Why? Get to know Mollie Marriott the musician, singer in her own right. Forever connected to her famous father. Judge the music for what it is, Mollie coming up front having been a backing singer. The album has a wolfish grin throughout, a little bit dark, a smidgen of hunger and a wildness that needs to be tamed as Mollie gets personal with the lyrics.
From the opening, this is a singer taking control of her destiny. Turning up the heat, beat and building from a rhythmic bass that lets the wolf in Mollie free grabbing control of her own destiny. The song co-written with Sam Tanner(Brother Strut) lays down the path Mollie wants to take, being her own person as she tames, shapes and most importantly is in control of her own music and artistry. This s the perfect show-stopping single to show to the world I want to be heard as I sing the music that moves me.
Mollie the songwriter and singer explores throughout the album the hurt and pain of loss and life’s bitter, sometimes dark experiences. She empathises in vocal tone pulling on the hurt until scars are revealed. Importantly for the integrity of the music she never wallows or sinks into a pool of despair. Mollie is stronger and will Run With The Hounds fashioning her own distinctive creative pathway.
The vocals have an inner power that soars above the band’s melodic lines. They never dominate but always give Mollie a springboard to vocally soar from. The instrumentation and production are spot on. Thanks to the band who play with her live. This shines through with a mutual understanding an umbilical chord of understanding. The title track Truth Is A Wolf is the perfect demonstration of this mutual harmonization between Mollie Marriott and her band, Johnson-Jay Medwik-Daley (guitar), Sam Tanner (keyboards), Henrik Irgens (bass), Alex Reeves (drums) and Izzy Chase-Phillmore (backing vocals). As her voice howls with crystal clarity that would be the envy of many a pop diva. She is no diva. The intricacy of the number written by Gary Nicholson defines her. There is an edge that has the swirl of rock a hook of grunge rooted in an authenticity of sound making this number catchy, bewitching and beguiling. The first three tracks lay down the gauntlet can the high standard be maintained? The answer is Yes & No, as she explores different styles and tempos.
The slow ballad, Give Me A Reason fails to ignite, it is too dreamy and wistful the number lacks that inner grit that pulls the lustrous pearl from the Oyster. Then it slowly picks up as we have the song Run With Hounds and the tempo builds again with Love Your Bones. A tribute to her friend who died the sadness is underlying emotion the power of loving your bones fulfilled by the strings of the cello. It is the power of love remaining and strangely uplifting forward moving number.
Then we turn the corner to the closing numbers many co-written. This strengthens the power in the numbers King Of Hearts, penultimate number co-penned with Judie Tzuke and Graham Kearns is full of the wolfish rock power of the earlier tracks. The number has a grungy edge that the guitar amplifies the sound that is built creating an electrofused crescendo that leads neatly into the closing number My Heaven Can Wait. The number is full of epic proportions as the voice explores the lowest point of her emotional crash. Deeply personal the hurt can be experienced in the sonic ranges and shapes of the instruments as the last notes fade away.
Having explored the darker side of life. Truth Is A wolf surprisingly leaves you feeling content, uplifted with a spring in your step and ear-worm repeating guitar riffs.
Debut album that sets Mollie Marriott firmly on the road as a solo singer. The style that instantly identifies the voice still needs to be defined with a sharpness of direction. The second album will set this down. The melodic, crystal clear vocals that have the ability to shape the emotions suits the darker sound where her emotions can run with the pack of wolves. As Mollie says Truth Is A Wolf on her Debut Album.
Mollie Marriott – Truth Is A Wolf
Release Date 3rd November 2017
EIGHTdoodle paws out of TEN …
- Truth Is A Wolf
- Give Me A Reason
- Run with The Hounds
- Love Your Bones
- Fortunate Fate
- King Of Hearts
- My Heaven Can Wait
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Mollie sets out on tour with Bad Touch in November.