ALBUM REVIEW: Natalie Prass – The Future and The Past | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 01.06.18

 

 

 

 

 

 

On her debut album, Natalie Prass used the gossamer power of the Spacebomb house band to deliver a record of softly-spun heartbreak, steeped in classic soul arrangements and Carpenters harmonies.

For The Future and The Past, her musical sensibility remains defiantly retro, but the emphasis has moved forward now to early-eighties R&B and funk – think the difference between Smokey Robinson’s A Quiet Storm and Being With You and you’re mostly there. Boasting notably more concise and direct song writing than her debut – Short Court Style and Never Too Late are clear standouts here – it’s an often enjoyable album, but one whose dedication to its wine bar aesthetic  sometimes ends up selling Prass thoughtful songwriting and floating vocals short.

 

 

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