On ‘Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love’, Gabriella Cohen soars
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On ‘Pink Is The Colour Of Unconditional Love’, Gabriella Cohen soars

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She also has a certain swagger and a feisty way with words and tune. ‘Baby’ is more Lucinda Williams than Beyonce, as the song stands in the line of offering the listener a genuine alternative. Listen to ‘Feel So Lonely’ with its almost textbook enunciation, revealing a singer who is both chilled and calculated.

Then it’s straight into the Shirelles lite ‘Miserable Baby’ without the late night collywobbles. Cohen gives her all in a dignified and assured manner. Her earthy voice and emotionally mature lyrics suggest a less earnest Regina Spektor, as preference is given to a reined-in, restrained, catchy approach.

‘Neil Young’ sounds so funereally bleak that remission is a choice prelude to a graceful exit. It is, nevertheless, contagious. ‘Recognise My Fate’ indicates that there’s a clear division between mawkish grandiosity and ethereal beauty. Over the 11 songs a charming simplicity is achieved.

Taking hold of some rather cold subject matter, Cohen manages to transform it into living, breathing entities – developing it’s potential into something thorny and melancholic. Cohen easily straddles and crosses the boundaries of taste and displays many of the qualities required to take over the mantle as the queen of angst. The tension and dissonance suggests a talent in the making that borders on something measured yet deeply strange and uncompromising.

The spark and strut that underpins a breezy and strong set of tunes continues throughout. Ending with the confronting and uncomfortable ‘Sly Rico’, Cohen sounds like she just got out of bed, ready to commence the journey of a barefoot wandering songwriter towards the domain in the hands of PJ Harvey and Patti Smith.

9/10