Annabel Fay: Annabel Fay
By P M Berry
Annabel Fay's debut album is an attractive, irresistible package-deal, chock full of hooks that will keep you tapping your toes involuntarily. Her voice has a lovely vibrato that instantly brands the music with a commercial, summery feel, consolidated by the brilliantly built tracks. Fay writes most of her songs, alongside hordes of other extremely talented folk including American producer Brady Blade. To me this album got better the further in. Shake it Off is confident and attitude driven, sounding like the offspring of the Scissor Sisters and Joss Stone. Take My Hand is rhythm-powered pop that one could easily mistake for a great Sugababes track. The final, (unlisted) track, James Taylor's Sleep Come Free Me is a tasteful companion to the soulful reflectiveness of Winners and Home. The sound is international, literally and figuratively; recorded and mixed at The Lab (with Olly Harmer), Russell Fawcus from Sing Sing in Melbourne and Bryan Graban from Oceanway in Nashville. Released by Siren Records it is distributed here through EMI Music.