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.