Album review

Martina Sorbara - The Cure For Bad Deeds

The second album from 22-year-old Sorbara marks the emergence of a major new songwriting talent. Citing Tom Waits as her greatest inspiration, her songs are full of sleazy sex ("pushed into darkness by a relentless pelvis") and fleshy regrets ("I ought to wipe the slate clean with new sheets and shower"), the soiled sentiments deliciously offset by her angelic voice. Switching between piano and guitar, she strays into Norah Jones territory on the jazzy "Eggs Over Easy", while Natalie Merchant fans will lap up songs such as "Bonnie & Clyde". The Cure... grows on you with every play.

Rating: 3 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...