Andi Neate - Crows, Rooks and Ravens (2 stars)

Andi Neate - Crows, Rooks and Ravens

(Blue Elf)

FOLK

Versatile Scottish singer-songwriter Andi Neate covers a lot of bases on this, her fifth album, inspired by her childhood on a remote west coast island, ancient myths and a cupboard full of characters including circus lion tamers, bearded ladies and astronauts. Her strong voice and acoustic guitar strum brings to mind Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos or a folkier Suzanne Vega, as do her bittersweet and wistful lyrics of rowboats, nettle stings and lost loves. But too much jumping between genres (from Cuban merengue to jazz scatting, via gospel and rock) makes for a jumbled listen.

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