Avery*Sunshine – Avery*Sunshine – Review

10 08 2010

Seven years in the making, Avery Sunshine’s debut album combines soul, jazz and gospel with lyrics jam packed with emotion, intelligence and humour. It’s an incredibly accomplished album that will undoubtedly be played by discerning soul folk for years to come. Out on Dome in the UK, I can see the majors looking to do a Ledisi with Avery and raise her up to the big time. Not that she needs them. On this evidence, she’s doing just fine, thanks.

Standouts abound on Avery*Sunshine. It’s a unified album that plays strong from start to finish. Blessin’ Me is undoubtedly the best gospel cut that I’ve heard all year long, marrying personal lyrics with a universal theme against a warm, organic, subtle musical backdrop that shifts from mellow to funky effortlessly. The Most will strike a chord with any parents but delivers its message without the saccarine delivery often associated with odes to children. All In My Head balances jazz, synth funk, blues and soul to great effect while Like This is a beautiful floating jazzy ballad that just gets better with each and every listen.

And that replay value applies to the whole album. I’ve been listening to Avery*Sunshine most days for the past couple of months and it feels like an album we’ll surely be listening to years from now. It’s too early to call Avery*Sunshine a classic, but I think we can safely describe it as the greatest soul debut of 2010 so far!

Take a listen to the album over at Soultracks, who have given Avery*Sunshine the well deserved accolade of Album of the Month for August. Also, be sure to check David Nathan’s excellent interview with Avery over at soulmusic.com.



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20 09 2010
SoulCut of the Week – Avery Sunshine – All in My Head – Video « SoulCuts

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