Wakefield Express - 20/6/03
of Optimism by David Pickersgill
CD Review - Maria Lynch:
Time Between Times
It was one-time occasional contributor
to this column, Kate Honeyman, who back in March last year, caught
the last three songs of Maria Lynch playing at Henry Boon's and
perceptively advised us to "keep an eye on Maria, as she deserves
to hit the high spots".
Whether her newly-released album
Time Between Times will be the means by which she does so remains
to be seen, but among the 15 tracks by the Grange Moor singer-songwriter
are enough gems to suggest that if she doesn't, it won't be for
the lack of ability to produce a lovely tune.
'Female singer-songwriter' is
a phrase that sometimes conjures up images of over-earnestness,
but there's none of that here - just a voice as clear as a bright
spring sky and a collection of songs full of warmth and optimism.
And I'm certainly not going to try and categorise her style because
the variety in evidence is one of the things that makes the album
an enjoyable listen.
Accordingly there's Days of Sunshine,
a summer foot-tapper; the funky Wishing; rockers like Clever Clogs
and My Life; a bluesy, ballsy Get Away; and Move It On, with its
laid-back rhythm built around piano and saxaphone. The final track,
Feel You Close, is almost a torch song and kept bringing Stand By
Me to mind.
Time Between Times is available
from www.marialynch.co.uk and is well worth a listen. Kate was right!
you at Maria's first gig?.....