Charlene Soraia – ‘Moonchild’ – (Peacefrog)

charlenesoraiaYou’ll know Charlene Soraia for her cover of The Calling’s ‘Wherever You Will Go’, used on a recent TV advert. Don’t turn away just yet though, for her album is full of good things, making the most of her voice through subtle, natural arrangements. Sometimes the words surprise by being close to the bone – on ‘Bipolar’ especially, while ‘Rowing’ appeals in the way she sings “we could float upstream and drift languidly”. For the most part Soraia avoids being too cutesy, and has enough imagination and natural flair to put her a step above your average singer-songwriter.

4 out of 5

Reviewed By Ben Hogwood