CD – Lucy Zirins – Chasing Clocks

Lucy Zirinscover
Chasing Clocks
Release Date 25th March 2013

“Chasing Clocks”, is the much awaited début album from the award-winning songbird from Burnley, having been recognised at The British Blues Awards ‘British Newcomer’ and Blues Matters Writers Poll , winning ‘Best Newcomer’ and runner-up in Best Solo Artist Category during 2012.

This 12-track album is fully of beautiful, thoughtful and often wistful lyrics penned by Lucy, that makes her stand out from the crowd especially when teamed up with her guitar sitting on the stage she is a complete package. The album was recorded at the famous analogue Toe Rag Studios, London. The studio has played to host to many famous acts,
including The White Stripes, who recorded multi platinum album “Elephant” there, the mellow sound created suits Lucy’s style with its inner warmth. The addition of a wide range of instruments and musicians enhance but never swap the delicate simplicity of Lucy’s voice and lyrics, you just know these songs will sound just as good when she is performing live with only her trusty guitars for company.

This album spans the full gamut if genres that nurture the solo artist, including blues, country, folk and pop, that have been skilfully blended so that it is Lucy’s talent that shines through so she cannot be pigeon-holed and constrained. Yes the album could be sent down the chute as ‘Americana‘ but the lass from Lancashire has created her own cocktail of music that is truly from the British tradition, great songs sung to a delightful melody. The tracks reflect the album title as the music takes you through the landscape of time, with ‘Separate Ways’ with the mournful, soulful opening of cellos, and then the star of the show Lucy’s voice kicks in, full of emotion of regret of love lost; and later on in the CD the theme is returned to with ‘The Last One’ with its definite country feel, in which she lays her emotions bare with the relevant use once again of time and this time she could be the one forever. Followed by songs of dreams and wishes ‘Home’ in which reflections are articulated by the words, with the tone of Lucy’s voice deeper and soulful with superb accompaniment from the phalanx of musicians used to add texture. ‘One Day Soon’ has a more bluesy feel and showcases the guitar and vocal skills of Lucy and reminds me of the stage act we have come to love from this talented young lady; and those of heartbreak and separation ‘Tearing Me Down’, ‘Hours to Waste’; and then the lullaby a simple tune that is soothing to the soul and then ‘Goodnight’ written about musicians that die too young and the CD ends. You then just repeat it all again as this is an accomplished début CD from what must be a raising star that will shine bright as her songs are heard from stages and music stations across the land. Michael Messer producer and mentor must be very proud of the album and Lucy with this album though not traditional blues but it is definitely a classic album of great recording, songs and melodies with a modern twist on roots based music.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD a doodle rating of

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