HANNA GRACE : Concrete And Roses
By Amanda Mills
Hanna Grace has been creating and moulding her debut long-player for a few years – watching it take shape as she started collaborating with co-writer Phil Stoodley, and her songwriting matured. The album is an eclectic collection of material, showing elements of jazz, soul, R&B and rock’n’roll. Considering this, and the interesting array of musicians and instruments that Grace presents to her audience,‘ Concrete and Roses’ shouldn’t sound generic and even flat in places. It seems that Grace hasn’t found her own identity yet, in either the music or in her vocal style, and is trying too hard to sound like a stereotypical American soul / R&B singer. When the album does deliver it’s with some catchy and interesting music. The hook-filled Hush Now has an energetic rhythm section and infectious brass, while the burlesque of Cold Outside is just the right side of sounding sleazy.