To Dust - Alice Russell
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  • Summary: The first solo release for the British soul singer since 2008's Pot Of Gold was produced by TM Juke.
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  1. May 2, 2013
    This album is another addition to Alice Russell’s impeccable back catalogue.
  2. Apr 23, 2013
    To Dust is body music for the spirit, a celebration of all that is human. It is the record that should finally put her over to a mass audience.
  3. Apr 23, 2013
    When To Dust takes flight, you don't have to squint your ears too far to imagine Alice Russell as a worthy successor to that notional throne [of British soul].
  4. Apr 23, 2013
    Her fifth set, To Dust, works Russell's exquisite taste for beats and atmosphere into some of her strongest songs.
  5. Apr 23, 2013
    Something of a disappointment after 2008's Pot Of Gold. [Apr 2013, p.98]
  6. Apr 26, 2013
    Not enough to likely attain crossover appeal, but definitely hitting a sweet and soulful spot, Alice isn't Adele, but she doesn't aspire to be.
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  1. Oct 5, 2013
    I 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.