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Sue McCreeth: Look Back and Love

This sixth album from singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sue McCreeth presents an eclectic anthology of some of her finest original recordings over the last 15 years, including the rim shot driven 'Only Here', the decidedly trippy 'Nut Tree', and the modal explorations of 'Other Times We Fly'.  Twice shortlisted for the International Songwriting Competition, there's also a quartet of new songs, all of which are highlights. 'Keep This Love Safe' is a ballad which packs real dramatic heft, while the enigmatically titled 'Mother Sister Father Brothers My Man Child and His Mama' documents the pain of not receiving love from within your own family, and the joy of finding it elsewhere.  Recorded live at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 'Til I Am In The Wrong Place' is a disquieting, brooding slice of urban angst.  By contrast, the outer-spacious 'Infinity' casts a warm glow and brings the collection to a beatific close.

 The Observer / The Guardian
18 JUNE 2017
Sue McCreeth: Look Back and Love review – an impressive showcase
Highly original songwriting with wildly contrasting styles
As a singer-songwriter, Sue McCreeth is highly unusual in two ways. First, she takes as her starting point not a few words or snatch of melody, but a harmonic idea. This comes, perhaps, from having studied with Gary Burton and Joe Mulholland at Berklee, the “jazz university” in Boston. Second, she alters her singing voice quite radically to suit the character of individual songs. As a result, the sheer contrast from one song to another, while very effective, can be a little bewildering until you get used to it. This anthology, drawn from her previous five albums, with a few new pieces added, provides an impressive introduction.

Ann Alex
JUNE 2017

CD Review : Sue McCreeth - Look Back and Love

You could read this review, or you could go to the website, www.suemccreeth.com and play the video of the Sat Nam, and you’ll get a good idea of what this superb singer and her various musicians are all about. Dave Gelly of the Observer writes ...’ She sings with warmth and intimacy, and commands a wonderful flexibility (in) her vocal tone’...  I couldn’t have explained it better.

Ms McCreeth is a singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist who has led ensembles down South since 2000 and this is her sixth album, which is an anthology of her songwriting work so far, together with 4 new songs. She studied improvisation and also composition via the Berklee College of Music.

The CD gives us mostly love songs of various moods, beginning with Sat Nam, wordless vocals with a folky eastern feel, followed by She Want Him, in which the singer almost becomes one of the instruments in the band. Other notable tracks are the rocky Nut Tree (guitar and keys with a regular drum beat and electronic effects); The Air Is Blue (atmospheric, cool, blue, guitar sound);Mother

Sister Father Brothers My Man Child & His Mama (a new song which is a message to her relatives

‘With my new love
I finally knew love
With my own sweet man child’.

The longest track at 9.28 minutes is Only Here, a love song which is atmospheric rather than narrative, with constant repetition of ‘You and I’.

Most of the songs are with the standard trio of piano, bass and drums, with most solos taken by the piano, and it goes without saying that the musicians are skilled. If you like to hear brass with singers, this CD won’t supply that as Martin Shaw only appears on 2 of the tracks. The singer is out on tour this year but the nearest gig to us is Edinburgh on June 18.

The CD was launched on May 29 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London, and was released on June 2 by Discovery Records.