Songs like “Turn and Run” are all hyperspeed tempo, retro soul vocals, and brass. “Two Steps” begins with a bland, cookie cutter arrangement, but Russell’s voice saves the second half of the song. The comparisons are understandable, but I find Alice’s voice much more palatable than Duffy yet less interesting than Winehouse.
The unusual melody and bombastic wails of tracks like “Living The Life of a Dreamer” and “Let Us Be Loving” remind me a little of Zap Mama or Alice Smith. “Got The Hunger” has more of a gospel-influenced soul vibe.
The stand out is “Lights Went Out”, which slides from an ominously pretty string intro into a jazzy first verse before unleashing a blast of bluesy soul. The remainder of the album begins to lag a bit, but Alice’s stellar voice is worth the listen.