Friday, February 05, 2010


Having seen lead singer Claire at the fledgling stage of her singing career in August 2006 at the Otley Courthouse, her rise since then has been meteoric and her new album “Maslow’s Songbook” takes her to yet another level. With a collection of highly skilled musicians by her side, the new album is a magnificent montage of musical mastery which lasts for 46 minutes, when the listener wishes it would last for 460 minutes. Claire’s poise and deportment which captivates her audiences during her “live” performances, are remarkably replicated throughout the 12 track CD. With the polished performances of Dave Redfearn, Sean O’Leary, Karl Odlum, Colm Mac Con Lomaire and Ronan O’Snodaigh entwined with Claire’s vocals and this is an album to savour. My personal favourites are “Real To Me,” “One In A Million,” “You Win But You Lose” and the final track “Maslow’s Love Story” which finishes the album off spectacularly as a vehicle for Claire’s clear vocals, which never show any sign of straining to reach the highest and most powerful of notes, which is in contrast to her pure and delicate sound of other tracks, evidence enough of a very special talent.

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