Album review

Cath Carroll - The Gondoliers Of Ghost Lake

Ex-Miaow frontwoman Cath Carroll possesses an extraordinary voice. Sensuous, dreamy and capable of uniting diverse influences with a cool grace, here acid folk, Smiths-esque pop, hippie rock and Latino club romps are blessed with Carroll's hypnotic understatement and literate guile.

Even the 1980s MOR sheen can't crack the serene spell. Yet beneath the fractured haziness, this is grown-up pop resounding with heartfelt warmth and steely seriousness.

Rating: 3 / 10


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