MEL PARSONS: Red Grey Blue
By Ben Martin
Mel Parsons’ first album ‘Over My Shoulder’ came in for wide critical acclaim and this second 11-track offering is a natural progression to that success. Still much inspired by the country feel, Parsons is not shy of shifting temporarily into darker territories, yet the album is beautifully balanced by a number of sweetly melodic easy-listeners. The West Coaster combines a hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck voice with an exquisite ear for melody, and the ability to pen lyrics that transcend their personal origins. So it is little wonder that she attracts such prestigious musical company each time she steps into the studio. Some of the number of musicians involved in ‘Red Grey Blue’ include guitarist Neil Watson, drummer Alistair Deverick and former Cat Stephens’ bassist Bruce Lynch – with guest appearances from Greg Johnson and Don McGlashan. The deft touches of the band and spot-on engineering from Andre Upston lend subtlety and depth to the songs, providing a platform that a talent like this deserves.