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Ms Bryden has a new album coming out – ‘What Does It Take?’ on Cooking Vinyl – and of course we are already fans of this lady. She has a great and passionate and moreover versatile voice, is a great chordal guitar player and has a cracking stage presence, plus a crisp-as-lettuce road band. Not much to dislike then ! The last Borderline show we caught was rocking, romantic, funny and all points between. In short, Nell Bryden deserves to be heard by a lot more people. She could flatten most ‘X Factor’ hopefuls and has tons more character than any of them..so there.
Oh we forget, Bryden writes songs that roam from torch to tortured, pleasant to pleading, swinging to heartbroken. This means that no one song is typical or representative. You could say this of Rodney Crowell or Nikka Costa or even David Bowie ( Dave, please call Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick and get back into the studio ? ‘Tonight’ is a jaunty, smoky evening-out song which shows off Bryden’s nightclub style and she sounds totally comfortable. The song could have been written any time in the last seventy years, but is none the worse for that. Try keeping your toes still while this is one !
This ms ain’t afraid to go out to Iraq to entertain the troops (twice) so if you go to see one of her UK shows be prepared to surrender. Beautiful and gimmick-free, Nell Bryden is exactly the kind of act we like to champion
Pete Sargeant www.fairhearing.co.uk