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Rose Elinor Dougall - Without Why

  by Paul Waller

published: 12 / 8 / 2010

Rose Elinor Dougall - Without Why
Label: Scarlet Records
Format: CD


Surpisingly mature, but unfortunately plain-sounding debut solo album from former Pipettes member, Rose Elinor Dougall

When Rose Elinor Dougall left the Pipettes in mid 2008 who would have thought that her debut album proper would be such a mature effort? With a voice similar in tone to that of Kate Nash’s but far less street tough London and a little more posh toff Surry in accent, Dougall’s effort comes across as quite inoffensive and plain. It’s a shame that ‘mature’ in this case has equalled flat in most places here. 'Carry On' is an up-tempo number that contains great lines in it and when she states that “Most of what happens, happens without you” you really empathise with her emotional state, but it’s difficult to embrace a song that finds itself shackled in mediocrity from the off. 'Another Version Of Pop Song' and recent single 'Find Me Out' fare no better. The latter contains the line “I know you see the best in me but darling there’s just not much left of it” and this hits the nail very unfortunately on the head. Yet there are two songs on here that may lift the album from the bottom of a very overfilled and underpriced bargain bucket in the near future. 'May Holiday' contains some lovely strings that brighten up proceedings no end and 'Watching' is a brilliant stand out moment. There is an eeriness and spooky elegance that is contained within its gentle frame, but it’s too little too late and as a fan of a band that can be as exciting as the Pipettes I just expected a lot more.

Track Listing:-
1 Start/Stop/Synchro
2 Come Away With Me
3 Find Me Out
4 Third Attempt
5 Carry On
6 Another Version Of Pop Song
7 Watching
8 To The Sea
9 Fallen Over
10 Goodnight
11 May Holiday

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