2005's Soft-Hearted Songstresses - 2005's Soft-Hearted Songstresses

2006-07-17 09:05

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 it

Gem - Finally Woken
Dido with some dance beats. This thoughtful pop is racing up the radio playlists.
Hear song clips or buy it

Alanis Morissette
She'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 Pill

Tracy Chapman - Where you Live
A 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 Issues
When 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 Days
Definitely 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 Pocket
Apparently, film was her second choice. A sweet, pretty charming debut CD.
- Hear songs, buy it

Emiliana Torrini - Fisherman's Woman
Sensitive, deeply sad, and folky stuff for the alternative set
- Hear songs, and buy it

Kasey Chambers - Wayward Angel
Very pretty, but the songs sound similar to one another. Still, if you like
- Hear it, and buy it

The L Word Soundtrack
Some 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

They have faces for radio, voices for radio, but brains that broadcast more than just sex-me up sing along. You can play them in the background or quote them. Albums by these artists make great Christmas gifts for the strong 'n' sensitive women you know.

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