This is a most impressive debut by this London-born and raised singer and songwriter. Melissa arrives at DAY DAWNS following years of learning her craft from family singing in the kitchen to open mics, performing in Paris clubs and long periods of songwriting, both solo and co-writing with Ross Lorraine.
Though the album has figured in the EuroAmericana Chart, it’s not what I would call Americana music, being closer to jazzy soul and veering at times into what used to be termed supperclub music. Apart from Eric Bibb’s “Don’t Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down” and the old Hoagy Carmichael chestnut “I Get Along Without You Very Well,” the songs are all originals and more importantly are of a very high standard.
There’s a slight countryish vibe to “Long Road Travelled” with its slow loping rhythm and Matt Park’s evocative slide guitar behind Melissa’s road-weary vocals. There’s a gentle soul feel to the plaintive “I Miss You” and a more hypnotic rhythm to the lightly jazzy “Do You Remember When.” Throughout Melissa’s vocals are sensitive, soulful and emotional and the musical arrangements totally sublime. Highly recommended.
Alan Cackett – Maverick Country, October 2012