Eliza Carthy – Angels & Cigarettes

Interesting concept that explores a yearning for what you can’t have and an addiction for what you shouldn’t have.

Stylistically, the album reflects its title as an emotional melting pot of past and present states.

“Angels & Cigarettes” contains 10 carefully chosen tracks that subtly complement each other – like the opening track “Whispers of Summer”, which has a lovely upbeat feel and happily bobs along with its cheeky fiddle parts – compared to the “Train Song” which gently builds its rhythm to a faint Latin beat.

Eliza has assembled a collection of works that have a modern edge. Some of the most notable highlights are: the seductive night-time jazz backbeat of “Whole”: Van Dyke Parks pedal steel guitar on “Perfect”; and the progressive dance beat of “Breathe” with its undercurrent of piano – and the moment of collision – when breathing stops.

Darren Beech

Artist’s website: http://www.eliza-carthy.com/