The Remedy is a brave and emotionally loaded comeback album from Karima Francis following her much-hyped 2009 debut The Author. Despite its' raw honesty, its' conviction and, at times, it's' pure beauty, however, The Remedy regrettably blends into the crowd and may unfortunately merely pass by as an undiscovered gem.
The albums' opening and title track sounds its first obvious comparison, initially sounding a real Tracy Chapman-esque sensitivity fused with a similarly distinctive deep-pitched almost androgynous vocal. A gentle picked guitar line meanders beneath Francis' impressively strong vocal before the track builds to its chorus; string-laden, soulful and moving. 'Wherever I Go' later sounds sombre, down-tempo contrast to the faster-paced 'Tonight' that precedes it; honest and heartfelt balladry.
'Glory Days', the albums' clear highlight, certainly lyrically at least, really showcases the flexibility and strength of Francis' vocal as she reaches powerfully into her upper range during the chorus sounding similar talent to the likes of Adele. With moving strings and heartfelt lyrics such as 'they are weak but strong who fail but carry on', 'Glory Days' simply entices you to listen from its' opening note through to its strangely abrupt ending. Another highlight, 'Arrest You' opens as delicately as the opening track with gentle plucked acoustic guitar reminiscent of a Damien Rice number. In contrast to the powerful vocal of 'Glory Days', during 'Arrest You' Francis sounds a raspier, whispered vocal and a further breath of variation to her collection. The closing minute sounds a gorgeous, melting chorused vocal passage, much like the closing moments of Rice's 'Cold Water', followed by a bare a capella vocal conclusion. Its' delicacy and raw sensitivity is everything that Karima Francis is about.
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Following on from their initial line up announcement, Live At Leeds have revealed loads more bands and artists, bringing the total to over 100 live acts at the festival. Joining headliners Marina and the Diamonds; Los Campesinos!; Ladyhawke and The Subways will be The Enemy, Dog Is Dead, Ghostpoet and Lianne La Havas.
The festival was launched in 2007, the year of Leeds' 800th birthday celebrations. Live At Leeds features over 100 artists performing at eleven different venues across the city, which can all be accessed with the purchase of a wristband. This year, the festival will take place over the bank holiday weekend, from 4-6th May 2012. There will be bands and artists performing at the festival but at separated ticket events; including: Example and Wretch 32, which will also mark the end of Example's first arena tour.
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Secret Garden Party is celebrating its tenth birthday and has announced the initial line up for 2012. The theme for this year's Secret Garden Party is called 'Standing On Ceremony'. Headlining will be EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS and Orbital -who are also set to play Bestival.
Also making a return to the festival is KT Tunstall, who was last seen at the Secret Garden Party in 2004. She will be performing on one of the festival's fourteen stages, as will Soko; Beth Jeans Houghton and Hyde and Beast. In addition to the music stages, there will also be a large number of workshops; action camps; debates and artwork.
Review of Karima Francis' single 'Chasing The Morning Light' released through Kitchenware.
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