As gaps go between albums, seven years may seem a little long. 'Without Why', Dougall's debut solo album, was released back in 2010. It was a confident record that contained some great songs including 'Find Me Out', 'Third Attempt' and the semi-Baroque brilliance of Stop/Start/Synchro. 'Without Why' captured Rose's spirit and determination to make a fresh and individual start after her departure from her previous group The Pipettes. Fast forward to her new record, 'Stellular', and it's almost like she's trying to make that fresh start all over again but for slightly differing reasons.
It's not as if Rose has been slacking in the interim years, far from it, she has been performing and touring for years with Mark Ronson as part of his band. 'Stellular' however arrives with almost surprising resignation to Dougall, "I've had to accept it's (Music) what I'm good at." she says. I think we all knew that so it's possibly a little curious to those who've liked her music that Rose would come to that conclusion this late on in her journey.
Having recently turned thirty she's not only got many more years of experience to reflect on but also an audible maturity and, it would now seem, faith in her own ability that clearly filters through on the new album. There is no nervous naivety; more an evident self-belief, polish and coherence to her work than ever before. The twelve new tracks on her latest, long awaited, album are without doubt a refreshing 'come-back' for Rose Elinor Dougall. She has a voice that needs to be heard and songs that deserve a wider audience.
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Having successfully managed to squeeze herself from the creative, creditable but ultimately underappreciated constraints of The Pipettes, Brighton Etch-A-Sketch expert Rose Elinor Dougall releases her debut solo album, 'Without Why'. 24 year old Dougall has taken the solo route to showcase her brand of edgy power pop, and with terrific results.
The new album contains four of her previous singles together with seven other fascinating compositions. Her second single Start/Stop/Synchro is the lead off track on Without Why. The mock-baroque keyboards, tripping bass lines and heightened vocals dress up the song with a lighter air to camouflage the mood within the lyric...."As I sit and watch the lovers kissing in the darkened corners, I think I was once beautiful to you.....We can't escape the fact that I will never be her."
The Felt like guitars joyously wash over 'Come Away With Me' on track #2 followed by the Cocteau flavoured 'Find Me Out'. The 4th of her single releases FMO is a torch song with a very sad sense of realisation. The more you dwell on the lyrical content of the album you can't help but feel that Miss Dougall may have had more than her fair share of troubled relationships.
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