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This debut solo album from Glasgow-based chanteuse Louise Rutkowski has been a long time coming. Rutkowski fronted soul pop band Sunset Gun in the 1980s, was a guest vocalist for 4AD supergroup This Mortal Coil and Ivo Watts-Russell's follow-up project The Hope Blister, and collaborated with composer Craig Armstrong in the 1990s as The Kindness of Strangers.

Irvin Duguid is her foil on this immaculately produced piano-led collection, which foregrounds Rutkowski's cool, classy voice in all its Kate Bush-like huskiness, athleticism and drama. A couple of songs stray into the middle of the road but elsewhere the widescreen melancholy of "The Passing" and vulnerable ballad "Help Me" are elegantly accomplished.

Reviewer
Fiona Shepherd The Scotsman