Meg Mac – Low Blows (EMI).
Songwriting as a form of therapy is how Meg Mac deals with her emotions. She seems to let it all out, whether it is behind the keys of her piano or in front of a microphone. I am reminded of the genius that is Fiona Apple when I listen to Meg Mac. Like Fiona Apple, Meg Mac appears to have an old soul and deft touch for songwriting as a cathartic release. “A lot of the songs are very personal to me or from my point of view and about how I feel” Meg said recently, “If I’m struggling with something, or feeling something strongly, I’ll write about it.”
Most listeners will find something to like about Low Blows. I wouldn’t say it is an acquired taste, but it feels and sounds just soul and pop gospel album with elements of alternative R&B thrown in. Built around the piano and her incredible voice, Meg Mac’s debut album is nonetheless thrilling to listen to. Interesting there are a lot of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ that help heighten the drama that unfolds, something intentionally thought out by this clever Melbourne based soulstress. The albums title track Low Blows, Grace Gold and Brooklyn Apartments are my pick as standouts.
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