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Claire Hamill

A Pocket Full Of Love Songs

Review by Gary Hill

Folk music, jazz and more merge on this album. The sound here is more fully tied to mellower modes of earlier eras. I first heard about Claire Hamill via her work with Steve Howe, but she has had quite a diverse career over the years. While her vocals are the main selling point here, the songwriting and musical performances are classy, too.

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Track by Track Review
Aphrodite Obscured
With a classy soft rock angle to it, some slide guitar brings hints of country music. This is energetic and so strong.
You Came Through Time
Contemporary pop music along with folky soft rock in the mix, this is solid, but not quite as effective for me as the opener was.
This Duet

There is more of a jazz ballad kind of thing at play here. I love the vocal performance on this, but I'm not as fond of the musical motif.

I Got My Mojo Back
With much more rock and roll in the mix, this is a nice change. It is also a lot of fun.
Turning My Back On Love
Old time rock and roll seems to merge with jazz on this mid-tempo piece.
A Pocket Full Of Love Songs
This number has more of that soft rock thing at play. This is one of the most effective numbers on the album. It has a lot of emotion and beauty in the mix.
I'll Wait For Winter
Built around acoustic guitar with some flute over the top, there is a real old-time sound to this. It's also got some violin in the mix. It's a pretty piece that is among the best here.
Go With The Flow
I love this song. It's a mellower number with a largely acoustic guitar arrangement. It's packed full of emotion.
Who Cares? (It Feels So Good!)
With a lot of country music in the mix, this has a good energy and flow. It is fun, but not as much my kind of thing as some of the rest here. The electric guitar solo is full rockabilly. I think this over stays its welcome just a little.
This Woman Is A Mess
A mellower country folk styled tune is in store here. I like this better than the one that came before it, but it's not one of my favorites here.
Springtime For Lovers
Folk rock and contemporary pop music merge here. This is an effective piece. It feels like something that would have been at home on the radio in the early 1970s.

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