Faking Wonderful is the new album by Caroline England. Twelve songs of expertly crafted and passionate slices of modern life and love. This is intelligent pop music produced to a high standard that will appeal to listeners who value depth in their musical experience. The overall sound is lush and soothing, lyrics are thoughtful and the vocals are delivered with sincerity, skill and confidence.
The opening song Crashing Down opens with rhythmic strings reminiscent of modern composer, Ludovico Einaudi. The listener is pulled in as the music builds; tension grows as the song develops from a delicate beginning to a stirring chorus. This song is a statement of intent that bodes well for the rest of the album.
Title song Faking Wonderful is that rarest of beasts, a hugely catchy, upbeat song delivering biting social commentary without preaching to the audience. Imagine the smiling satire of The Beautiful South coupled with a west end voice and then prepare to sing along; loudly.
The songs on this album are supported by expert musicianship. Arrangements are varied and imaginative, moving between fragile solo sections and a full band punch, with occasional hints of musical theatre. These are great songs played well.
The best emotional songs contain both light and dark elements and at times Caroline’s voice hints that there might be something a little darker to find if we look a little deeper. There is an impression she is just managing to stop herself screaming at the world. The thought that she just might lose control builds tension well.
The penultimate song Tumbleweed, is a brooding, grower of a song. It maintains a dark atmosphere without sacrificing melody or lyrical depth. It is a highlight of the album and rewards multiple listens.
Faking Wonderful may be the new album by Caroline England. However there is nothing fake here. This is wonderful, sad music that will make you smile.
Denis Parkinson is a singer songwriter based in Liverpool. He performed at Liverpool Acoustic Festival 2016 and Threshold Festival 2016. He performed at the Liverpool Acoustic Kazimier Garden afternoon as part of LIMF 2015 and played at the Lantern Theatre, Liverpool, for We Shall Overcome 2015. He was a finalist in the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2014 and 2015. He plays regularly in and around Liverpool and has a longstanding enthusiasm for music of all kinds. In 2015 he released an album titled "Liverpool Skyline". In real life he works as a lecturer at University of Liverpool.