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This debut album from the Manchester duo Alive In Theory is a potent, reflective collection of self-penned tracks. From the eponymous opening track with touches of Kate Bush to the understated but room filling The Other Side, this downbeat album is packed with quality. Marianne Faithful and Grace Jones come to mind on the rockier themed Unconditional where the acoustic Jump First is a perfect showcase for Kirsty Mac’s vocal. Low key songs dominate but Little Sister, a Heart influenced power ballad and the impetus on Bethany deserve mention. Multi-instrumentalist Paul Ayre completes the duo and is the perfect foil for Mac.
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