Christine White: Pirouette
By Tony Parker
On the surface Christine White comes across as a Shawn Colvin-esque singer/songwriter, all acoustic guitar, pretty melodies and poetic introspection. But delve deeper into this, her first studio produced album, and you will find electronic sounds, drum loops, unusual percussion and edgy guitar that takes her closer to the fractured pop of Aimee Mann. Produced and recorded in the Garden Shed studio by White and drummer Steve Garden, 'Pirouette' leans heavily on White's strengths, namely her melodic songwriting, compelling voice and instrumental ability. In fact, apart from some musical assistance from the likes of Karen Hunter and A.J. Bell, this album is essentially Garden and White together creating a consistent musical foundation for her songs. Lyrically White explores the ups and downs of relationships often set against the mundane lives of the song's protagonists, a device that takes her songs beyond the ordinary. A convincingly strong album that may not bring anything new to the singer/songwriter genre but does at last capture White's songwriting talent.