The traditon of the female singer songwriter, of women singing from the heart, about the heart, and sometimes about the bigger world outside there - started in the late 1960s and took the tradition forward into the eighties with, with talents like Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Joan Armadrading and the genre-defining Carole King leading the way.
In the last couple of decades, a wealth of new talent has hit the airwaves, and the g-spot. Meet 2005's crop of new arrivals and eternal favourites.
Katie Melua - Piece By Piece A pensive, promising comeback. - CD Review, song clips and a gallery- MWEB Members only: Buy it for 30% discount and win a Katie Hamper
K.T. Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope Singer Songwriter, but with a strong blues/rock edge, Katie's got a bit of Carole King in her. But her other influences include David Bowie!- Hear song clips or buy itGem - Finally WokenDido with some dance beats. This thoughtful pop is racing up the radio playlists. - Hear song clips or buy it
Alanis MorissetteShe's that Canadian whose tunes we can't get out of our head, even if we really, really want to. She's made quirky and whiney cool since she hit the scene big time in the 90s. The latest... - The Collection- 10 Years Later (acoustic) Jagged Little PillTracy Chapman - Where you LiveA characteristically moral, and intimate album that is much more intricate and varied than it seems on first listen. Though it's much less pop oriented and a lot sadder than her previous CD, any Tracy Chapman fan will be over the moon to find this in their Christmas stocking.- Hear clips and buy the CD
Charlotte Church - Tissues and IssuesWhen she was good (singing classical in church) she was very, very good. Now she's very bad. Some would say better.- Buy it, hear it
Anna Nalick - Wreck of the Day High on the love content, low on the irony. This is heartbreak and misery all the way through. Some great songs. But many sound identical to one another. Which makes for good background listening. But it's not the best of the bunch.- Buy it here
Natalie Imbruglia - Counting Down the DaysDefinitely the winner of the Best Looking award in this category. That's why we included a gallery with the CD review! Bonus.- Review, Gallery, shop link
Karma - Don't Walk Fly Remember Karma-Ann Swanepoel of Henry Ate? Well she's in Florida now with her self-titled band and Don't Walk Fly is her awesome debut album.- Try it, and buy it
Minnie Driver - Everything that I've got in my PocketApparently, film was her second choice. A sweet, pretty charming debut CD.- Hear songs, buy it
Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's WomanSensitive, deeply sad, and folky stuff for the alternative set- Hear songs, and buy it
Kasey Chambers - Wayward AngelVery pretty, but the songs sound similar to one another. Still, if you like - Hear it, and buy it
The L Word SoundtrackSome slightly Alt. pop girl bands and songwriters here.- Buy it
SO last year. But great!
A couple from 2004..- Nelly McKay's Get Away from Me. Very quirky. Very anti-Bush. Hear songs- Angela McClusky's The Things We Do Hear song clips- Compiled by Jean Barker
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