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This is the second album from the Hudson Valley, New York State based singer Willa Vincitore, the follow-up to her well-received debut, Better Days, in 2017. The throbbing opener ‘Just Ain’t The Same’ is a reminder of just what a fine vocalist she is – there’s a little bit of a Tina Turner styled approach to her sound here – but then the whole album shows off her talents to strong effect, and the title track continues in this attractive rock-tinged vein. ‘Need A Little Help’ is a fine, modern, funk- and soul-tinted blues-rocker, whilst ‘Trust’ leans towards cool jazz-funk. ‘I Love You Baby’ is a strong pop tune, paving the way perhaps for the closer a few tracks hence, a strong cover of Annie Lennox’s ‘Money Can’t Buy It’, the only non-original here but one which slots in seamlessly. ‘Everything Hurts’ is a jazzy account of the effects of growing older, though this is belied by the energetic ‘Bite Me’ (with a very nicely concise guitar break by Karl Allweier). The quiet, singer/ songwriter-ish ‘It Is What It Is’ shows Willa’s tender side, and its hints of Americana may reference her time working with former Levon Helm sideman Chris O’Leary, whilst ‘These Days’ is a cool, jazzy blues with some sharp lyrics. All in all, a nicely eclectic set, with Willa’s wonderful singing keeping it all together!
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