Laura Tsaggaris "Keep Talking" (Overtime Records 2009)
Don’t Start Me Talking
This is Laura Tsaggaris’s second release following her debut ‘Proof’ in 2005 – it would seem that following that release Laura had a crisis of confidence which on the evidence of this excellent record should be well and truly behind her.
Laura writes lively country pop music, along the lines of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Carlene Carter. The record starts strongly with the upbeat ‘Warning Signs’ and ‘Out Of My Mind’ and the superbly arranged title track ‘Keep Talking’ which sees Laura harness trumpet, clarinet, tuba & trombone to great effect. Throughout the record the playing is superb, notably from guitarist Sam Clowney, Bill Egan’s drums and all held together by Rob Clay’s fluid bass playing.
There is no dip in quality of the song writing or playing, demonstrated by the superb ‘Red Hair’ with Laura’s evocative voice and lyrics underpinning a great arrangement with bass and drums holding all it together with Laura’s fine piano playing to the fore – a highlight. Lyrically Laura is economic with just a few words telling us a story "I could see myself with you; under sheets and blankets too, you’d led me there".
‘Keep Talking’ is a rare effort that rocks, soothes, inspires and leaves you wanting more. Laura is real talent.
Date review added: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Reviewer: andy riggs
Related web link: www.lauratsaggaris.com