Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Rapid Reviews : Naked At The Albert Hall by Tracey Thorn
There's a great passage (one of many in fact) in Everything But The Girl singer Tracey Thorn's latest book, Naked At The Albert Hall, which sums up how I feel about singing.
"If singing makes us hear, open up and be receptive to the emotion contained within words, it is also true that beyond a certain point singing can become so florid as to draw more attention to itself than to the words being sung, and that is a different kind of singing altogether - one I don't have much time for"
So that's us against and, in favour, Simon Cowell and his flying monkeys.
Naked At The Albert Hall, the follow up to her much recommended autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, is a fascinating and enjoyable read that I heartily recommend to any singer, music lover or anyone interested in what the voice can do.
I would also recommend it to fans of Everything But The Girl, Dusty Springfield, The Carpenters, Nick Drake, Scritti Politti and many more, and devotees of the genres of jazz, soul, folk, pop and rock and many more, as they are all discussed within these pages.
It's a must for anyone who likes to sing and appreciates what it is to sing.