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Callaghan. The Eponymous Collection
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Callaghan
Lincolnshire born, US based singer/songwriter Callaghan knew from her early teens that a life on the road as a performer was her goal, and she wasted little time setting about fulfilling her ambition. By 14 she had showcased her songwriting abilities on the TV talent show, Get Your Act Together. Just under a decade later, in 2010, the country music lover relocated to the States to support Shawn Mullins on tour, and released her debut album Life In Full Colour to critical acclaim.

With 2015's A History Of Now having proved equally popular, she is ready to release her third studio album - her debut eponymous collection.

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While the album is not a greatest hits set, it is not new material to the majority of her audience. Having teased her listeners with EPs in between album releases, Callaghan is a compilation of previous EP tracks alongside four new compositions. Although it may not be new listening for her loyal fans, the collection has the potential to reach a wider, more mainstream audience and there is little doubt that Callaghan will reach them.

Although there are elements of Country that shape the record, this is a set with echoes of Norah Jones and Liz Phair rather than Lucie Silvas - and that is something that really works for Callaghan's beautiful vocal.

Opening with Silence, Callaghan wears her 90s Britpop influences on her sleeve, while showcasing an ability to fuse the distinctive sound with a tender soulful leaning. While Silence opens the album with a powerful emotional punch, it is the delicate The Other Side and harmony-driven The End Of The World that steal the show.

Callaghan. The Eponymous Collection, 5th September 2018, 17:11 PM