Sally Barker LOVE RAT EP

Old Dog Records

‘The Voicefinalist and the singer who made Sir Tom Jones cry, releases a new EP

Folk star and finalist in BBC TV’sThe Voice, Sally Barker’s career took a dramatic turn for the better when she made Sir Tom Jones cry with her emotional vocal delivery on primetime Saturday night TV. She hit the headlines and became a huge hit on the show. Since she came second in the TV singing contest, Sally massively boosted her on-line fanbase, packing out venues across the UK with her solo concerts and as one of the founding members of all-female folk group The Poozies.

Barker turned down the offer of a £75,000 advance from Universal Records to make a covers album, vowing to continue writing, performing and recording her own songs. THE LOVE RAT EP is the latest release in her six album catalogue: A six song offering which combines live concert recordings with studio work. Ironically, having rejected the big bucks to release a covers album, she recorded two here – both songs that she wowed the judges and the millions watching at home with.

Captured during a sold out show at the Musician venue in Leicester in April this year, Sally re-visits the Burt Bacharach and Hal David classic Walk On By and the Nina Simone/The Animals staple, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood. She opens with her own song. Jealous Bones followed by Debbie Cassell’s Kissing A Stranger, the co-write with Debbie Cassell and Martin Ansell, title track Love Rat, her own Heart & The Shell and the two covers complete the five cuts.

Heart & The Shell is the stand out for me, the best vocal vehicle of the bunch and some sublime pedal steel from Keith Buck, Sally’s former musical partner. He wrings the emotion out of the instrument, add to that the strength of the song and Sally’s naturally passionate and emotional vocal performance, and there’s nothing else to compete with this track here, even the pair of famous covers. Simon Redley

Sally Barker LOVE RAT EP

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