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Ashley Campbell - The Lonely One
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Ashley Campbell is the youngest daughter of the late, great Glen Campbell.

Having dabbled with a solo career over the last few years, Ashley is finally ready to make the leap from sporadic singles to a full body of work.

Her debut album The Lonely One is timed to coincide with her appearance at Country2Country this weekend, followed by a co-headline tour around the UK alongside the acclaimed trad country star Mo Pitney. Therefore it is little surprise that her debut album leans towards the trad school of thinking, with a hint of pop sensibility thrown in for good measure.

Although her vocal may be a little marmite, and the album may not be immediate gold, it is worth the rewards of taking the time to really engross yourself in the recording over a series of listens.

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Opening the collection is the single A New Year, which is easily the album's weakest cut. While it will warm on you with repeated listens, it may simply be worth skipping on first listen to immerse yourself in the album's more interesting and compelling contents.

Written over an extended period, The Lonely One is a truly personal collection that doesn't shy away from the intimate. As she explores the feeling of loneliness and the harrowing heartbreak of broken relationships, the album builds in strength as Ashley builds her own inner strength. A striking journey through the record is both insightful and entertaining.

While highlights include the irresistibly beautiful Good For You, the quirky Better Boyfriend and soulful We Can't Be Friends, this is an album without lowlights other than the aforementioned A New Year.

The Lonely One is a lush collection that will no doubt be even more enjoyable live.

Ashley Campbell - The Lonely One, 8th March 2018, 21:33 PM