ALBUM REVIEW: A Northern Soul - Sheridan Smith
This second studio album by singer and actress Sheridan Smith opens with a fanfare of brass and strings with the uplifting title track – ‘A Northern Soul.’
Sheridan’s soulful voice comes rising up above the lush instrumental backing with catchy verses and a chorus that’s a great start to the album.
The energy continues with the second track ‘Handle with Care’ – a single that, when I’d first heard it on the radio, I thought was by Welsh singer Duffy.
In fact, Sheridan and Duffy’s voices are quite similar.
This album has the right mix of upbeat tracks and slower ballads, and at some points you can imagine you’re in a lounge bar, listening to Sheridan singing from the stage under a low spotlight.
That’s particularly the feel in the track ‘Remedy in the Melody’.
This album is a fabulous follow-up to Sheridan’s first full album. That was simply titled ‘Sheridan’ and was a compilation of covers with her own spin on them, such as Cilla Black’s ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’.
Even if you’re not a Sheridan Smith fan, this is an enjoyable album that showcases her very fine voice.
The album is out now.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall