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Pot Of Gold

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01
Turn & Run
3:14  
02
Two Steps
3:47  
03
Living the Life of A Dreamer
5:03  
04
Let Us Be Loving
4:38  
05
Got the Hunger?
4:42  
06
Lights Went Out
3:37  
07
Crazy
4:09  
08
Hesitate
4:23  
09
Universe
4:59  
10
Hurry on Now
4:41  
11
All Alone
3:00  
Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 46:13

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Another Stunning Album

CaSundara

Consistently brilliant soul music with a liberal sprinkling of funk, from the wonderful Alice Russell - I love almost every track. While her voice and style may not be to everyone's taste, no-one can deny this woman can SING! I honestly can't believe just nine people have rated this album, or that none of Alice's albums are 'editor's picks'. What's going on eMusic? Something's seriously amiss when talent like this is ignored... My personal favourites from Pot of Gold are: Let Us Be Loving, Lights Went Out, Crazy and Hurry On Now, though there are better tracks on other albums. Alice's super-confident delivery often gives me goosebumps. Give her a try if you haven't already. Would have rated 9/10 if possible.

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Nicely done

MaximusB

She sings Hurry On Now very well - def my fav version.. Nicely produced, never tempted to push the loudness, keeping it for where its needed.

They Say All Music Guide

British soul singers, even explicitly retro ones, aren’t exactly a new phenomenon. But Alice Russell is an arresting voice on the vintage soul scene, despite (or maybe because of) the fact that her singing style could hardly be more faithful to the traditions of her stylistic forebears. Those influences include everyone from Nina Simone and Dusty Springfield to, when she’s at her full-throated best, Aretha Franklin. Despite the occasional incursion of relatively modern-sounding keyboards, Pot of Gold sounds like it could have been produced in 1968: drummer Jack Baker plays in a studiously old-school style and the production keeps his tone rather thin and trebly, just like it was on those old Motown recordings; the horn charts are sharp and funky, and Alex Cowan’s guitar parts are historically accurate as well. But at the center of the album is that voice, and on such brilliant period pieces as “Turn & Run,” the skitteringly funky “Hesitate,” and the slow-burning “Let Us Be Loving” she pours all of her skinny blond self into her singing, vibrating with energy yet never losing control. The album’s most startling moment is her cover version of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” which she turns into a gospel-flavored soul workout complete with massed backing vocals and a surprising layer of bowed harmonics. “Universe” is a Brazilian samba that gives her the opportunity to croon sweetly — until the chorus comes around and she blows the roof off again. Let this one send you back to the vaults for her earlier work on the Tru Thoughts label. – Rick Anderson

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