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Oct 5, 2013I don't know what's in the water in the UK these days, but the country is certainly producing its share of soul artists. Russell, the daughter of an organist, lists Minnie Ripperton, Eva Cassidy, Chaka Khan and Jill Scott as musical influences. Her new album, To Dust, does them proud.
A frequent flaw of throwback albums is that they can be a little one-note. Not so here. To Dust plays like an album should listening is a journey. Each song has its own signature, from the groovy "Heartbreaker" to the melancholy "I Loved You." The latter is the standout of the set the sparse piano chords meld perfectly with Russell's smooth vocals, and when the beat kicks in as the song enters the second verse it's easy to feel like you loved him too.… Expand