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Album Review: Alice Russell - 'To Dust'

By February 25, 2013

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If Aretha Franklin and the late Teena Marie were somehow able to conceive a love child, that child would likely have a singing voice like that of British Soulbird Alice Russell. And on her latest solo album, Alice -- who's one of the UK's more powerful vocalists -- continues her role as one of a relative few genuine Soul singers still making full-fledged Soul music. To Dust, which will be released Feb. 26, 2013 in the U.S., has the fiery vocal passion of Aretha, mixed with the lung capacity of Teena, making it one of the few albums released in recent years where the vocals are always the main attraction and don't take a backseat at any time to super-producers or supporting musicians. Although it's not typical to see Soul artists top the charts in the UK these days, a love and respect for the genre can still be heard in the vocal styles of numerous contemporary British artists, including Adele, Joss Stone, Duffy and the late Amy Winehouse, all of whom were born in the 1980s, well after Soul's heyday in America had ended. But out of all the British artists incorporating Soul into their sound, none sounds more authentic or has more of an investment in the sound as Alice. For more, click the link to check out the full review of Alice Russell's To Dust.


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