Alice Russell 

Pot of Gold

Yet another UK soul invasion has been marching across America for the last few years, thanks to the door opened by a skinny little lady who refused to go to rehab. With acclaimed albums like My Favourite Letters and laudable work with the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Alice Russell has been an enduring captain in this belting blue-eyed army destined to recapture American soul(s) for the Brits. With weaponry like Pot of Gold, Russell's latest release, the tactical maneuvers are working. Still, this campaign is not without its casualties. A gritty cover of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" illustrates a grittier Russell with blusier vocals and looser phrasing than in previous works. Innovative compositions like "Lights Went Out" reveal more originality, confidence and a disdain for the expected. Her new strategies may feel like friendly fire for longtime loyalists, but Russell's new recruits should keep this banner waving high. 3 stars


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