Listening to Alexandra Jayne on record is quite a different experience to hearing her perform live. Live, the demands of holding an audience’s attention require exactly the kind of all-out vocal power that Alexandra has in spades. On record, though, one gets to hear a much subtler side of her music.
‘Foolish’ opens delicately, almost tentatively, with carefully-controlled vocals and guitar hinting at the complex emotions underlying the song. The cut-in for the second chorus brings with it a sumptuous, rich mix of guitars, vocal harmonies and rhythm which is another thing a soloist can’t do live.
Of course, it’s not all unfamiliar. Alexandra’s trademark vocal pyrotechnics blast through at the peak of the bridge, bringing all that emotional power to the surface. It’s a powerful mix of blues and pop that only the most snobbish of musical snobs could fail to like.
Foolish was released on 6th May 2013 and is available to buy from [iTunes] [AmazonMP3]
Rik Davnall came to Liverpool from Manchester (but his dad was born in Merseyside, so that's OK) eight years ago as an undergraduate, and no-one has yet managed to get him to leave. He has played sporadically at open mics and student gigs across the city, on piano or guitar, across a wide range of styles including folk fingerstyle, ragtime, pop classics and acoustic rock. Apart from being a musician, he's also an author and blogger, and about to complete a PhD in philosophy (please don't ask him what kind of job that will get him).