Carly Binding: So Radiate
By Tim Page
The follow up to Binding’s top 10 debut album, ‘Passenger’, this is a record full of hook-laden pop/rock songs complete with muscular guitars, anthemic choruses and a melodic, radio-friendly immediacy that reflects the confidence and belief she now has in her songwriting. It’s an accomplished and mature performance from Binding that sees her move effortlessly from the soaring rock of opener I See the World and the title track through to the more acoustic Come Around Again. She even makes a decent attempt at contemporary R&B on Rich Man, but it’s on the piano ballad Cold Fever that she really shines, with a heartfelt vocal performance that shows how far she has come as a singer and songwriter. Producer and drummer, Welshman Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Catatonia, the feelers), must also take credit as his production on the album is world class. All of which sees Carly Binding put her manufactured pop past well behind her as she develops into a self sufficient artist with an eye for big hooks and bold melodic rock.