Album: Charlie Dore, Cheapskate Lullabies (Black Ink Music)
Sunday 12 June 2011
Knowing, worldly, delicate but mordant pop born out of wisdom, mostly, and the desire to share it.
Dore's voice is small, pearly and oddly timeless – the Hopper etching on the cover is from 1922 – and her songs consider life in all its cheapskatery and riches. The sound is a sophisticated acoustic chamber-pop with vintage-jazzy overtones. Song titles are a clue to everything: "Cleaning Out my House", "His Wife", "The Last Laugh". Domestic music which deserves to find its way into more homes.
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