Album Review: Hope is a Thing by Lisbeth Scott

Album Name: Hope is a Thing
Artist: Lisbeth Scott
Year/Label: 2010 / Zone Records/Whistling Bird Music

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

I really like Lisbeth Scott’s style on this record; she has a really soothing vibe to all of these songs. She has a voice that to me recalls Sarah McLachlan a little and some really good songs.

Opener Waiting Room (All That We Need) is soft and has a memorable melody. The message about needing love is one we can all agree on I’m sure.

Right Now has a cool piano bit, and Scott’s voice is warm and inviting. It’s one of the best of these songs though they’re all good.

We get a cover of Hallelujah that a million other people have done, but if we let one more through this should be the one. She can’t rival the Jeff Buckley version, but she does her own take and it works. This one feels kinda folksy and that sounds good.

I’m Through is typically restrained but has a strong account of a breakup at the centre. Scott’s vocals are sweet as ever an ethereal backdrop.

This album is on the whole one of my favorite things in recent months.

Track Listing
1. Waiting Room (All That We Need)
2. Real Love
3. Right Now
4. Good To Me
5. Hope Is A Thing
6. Hallelujah
7. Sailor
8. If You Only Knew
9. I’m Through
10. Run Away
11. If I Could
12. Hunter
13. Take Me Home
14. Imagine
15. Come What May

[Lisbeth Scott Official Site]

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