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REVIEW: All Aboard YahZarah’s ‘Starship’

05/05/2010

Anyone who stops by this site with any sort of regularity will know that I have been anticipating the release of The Ballad Of Purple St James for a little over a year now. There have been a few setbacks along the way, but YahZarah and her new label, +FE Music, have finally blessed us with her 4th project.

A few weeks back the first single, ‘Why Don’t You Call Me No More’ was released for free as a digital download and gave us a taste of what was in store. The 80’s influenced, new-wave/soul sound wasn’t what I was expecting but is a pretty good indicator of what to expect on BPSJ. There are more 80s-inspired tunes, in particular ‘Have A Heart’ and the synth-heavy ‘Change Your Mind’, however as long-time YahZarah fans will know she is no one-trick pony.

We have a couple of stripped back ballads which show her amazing vocals of to full effect, ‘Come Back As A Flower’ shows her softer side bringing to mind classic soul  singers of yester-year such as Minnie Ripperton and Roberta Flack, while ‘Last To Leave’ shows that she can also rate herself amongst any of the great vocal powerhouses such as [*place your favourite diva here*]. ‘Cry Over You’ featuring Phonte rides over soulful hip-hop beat and for once we have a rap which adds to the track rather than appearing for the sake of it, and ‘The Lie’ shows us a funkier side to the soulstress.

Every last track on BPSJ is outstanding and makes it well worth the wait, however for me personally there are two tracks that stand out above the rest. The first is the beautiful ‘All My Days’ featuring Darien Brockington. These two compliment each other perfectly and I would happily purchase an album full of duets by these two. The second is ‘Starship’, a cracking mid-tempo which would act as the perfect intro for anyone who is not familiar with YahZarah; it displays her individuality as well as her vocal prowess.

All My Days ft Darien Brockington

Starship

The album is easily one of my standouts from 2010 so far and I find it hard to see many (if any) topping it come year end. If you need further convincing you can listen to the full album here, if you are already sold then you can purchase it here or via iTunes/Amazon.

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