Alice Russell – To Dust

Following her release with Quantic in December, Alice Russell finally releases her new solo album. ‘To Dust’ reminds us just what a wonderful singer Alice is and how she anticipated the “new soul” movement, currently being championed by Acid Jazz guru Gilles Peterson. As ever with Alice, her choice of tracks is characterised by eclecticism, the sense that she always has her eye out for something new, or the readiness to reconsider the old. Hence track one, ‘A To Z’, a kind of introduction to her universe, what she can do… her range… her influences. Listen closely and you can hear Tamla Motown, the label that brought R&B to the world, then there’s that hint of Latin jazz, the colours of the Caribbean mingling with America…

‘To Dust’ has that rare ability to keep on amazing – the range of vocals, breadth of choice. Here comes the gospel of ‘For a While’ and even the energy of rock and blues in ‘Hard And Strong’. And here the song that fully expresses her virtuosity, ‘I Loved You’, that goes to the very soul of soul. ‘To Dust’ is out now and indispensable.

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