Records - Candie Payne
I Wish I Could Have Loved You More (Deltasonic)
Candie Payne sings songs about love lost, makes you think of skinny, melancholy girls in 60s eyeliner, tramping Liverpudlian streets wishing their lovers would give them one last chance. Her bell-clear voice coos through the introspective songs like ‘A Different You’, goes full-throttle and ragged round the edges on the bigger production numbers like the title track and the jaunty, distraught ‘Hey Goodbye’. Her references are Dusty Springfield and The Shangri Las, the shimmer of old 60s film themes and the women who belted out Northern Soul in working men’s clubs, but this isn’t a cynical attempt to jump on the Winehouse bandwagon - less booze-soaked grief, more cold, dawning clarity.