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Review: 'ROSE, HELEN'
'Trouble Holding Back'   

-  Label: 'Monkey Room Music'
-  Genre: 'Blues' -  Release Date: '25th January 2019'-  Catalogue No: 'MRM0008'

Our Rating:
On this American singer's debut studio record, the blues-rock and country soul influences are obvious. For instance, the vocals on Flatlands Of North Dakota are a ringer for Bobbie Gentry and the Led Zep ,via Memphis Minnie, classic When The Levee Breaks is subjected to a slow, bluesy treatment.

The album is produced by Marvin Etzioni and backing musicians include R&B drummer James Gadson, pedal steel player Eric Heywood, and roots singer-songwriter Jonah Tolchin.

The fact that it was two years in the making and financed by a job in the service industry proves Rose's dedication and passion for music making. But, although she is a sassy sax-playing singer, this is not enough to convey the kind of deep soulfulness she's clearly striving for.

Above all, the predictably mainstream arrangements are too slick and lack the kind of raw grit or grind this kind of music needs to make a more profound impression.

Helen Rose's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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ROSE, HELEN - Trouble Holding Back