Album Review: Let by Natalie Flanagan

Album Name: Let
Artist: Natalie Flanagan
Year/Label: 2003 / Independent

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Natalie Flanagan has a gritty, honest way of writing songs and they sound just fine. Her voice has an appealing rasp to it and she plays the guitar with real feeling.

The rocker “That’s the Way” is a duet with Dennis Roach who also wrote the song. His voice fits well with hers.

“Patience” is close in sound to Lou Reed’s early material. The song’s energy doesn’t stop it from being pretty laidback.

The evocative “Long live the King” has gently strummed guitars and a reflective vocal.

“In This Way” is a brilliant breakup song. Natalie Flanagan”s delivery is not bitter, but just slighly resigned. The tune is very catchy too.

The closer “Water Under the Bridge” is sad-eyed and lovely with a gorgeous feel to it. Flanagan sounds like a daughter to Patti Smith here.

“Let” is a brief album but there’s enough good songs to make it a real treat to hear.

Posted on February 16, 2003

Track Listing
1. Grace Under Pressure
2. That’s The Way
3. Patience
4. Come In Tokyo
5. Long Live The King
6. Margot’s Arms
7. Cousin Tony
8. In This Way
9. Water Under The Bridge

[Natalie Flanagan Official Site]


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