MUSIC REVIEW – Natalie Duncan ‘Devil In Me’
Lifestyle Reporter: Amy Everett
Supremely talented 23 year-old Natalie Duncan surrenders her heart and soul to provocative debut album Devil In Me.
Half-Jamaican, half-Greek and Nottingham born, Natalie Duncan, has endured her fair share of upheaval and she’ll hold you captive as she relives her pitfalls in this stunning soul album.
Glimpses of the singer-songwriter’s sad past are achingly tangible in spine-tingling melodies and cryptic lyrics that draw you in as she unravels herself for your listening pleasure.
The heart-swelling, bluesy tone of debut single Sky Is Falling is darkly irresistible, evoking comparisons with the enigmatic Amy Winehouse and powerful Emile Sande.
The hypnotic rhythm of bluesy Black Thorn conjures images of dusty roads and dusky nights as she confesses her romantic misfortunes: “You were my black thorn/Underneath my ground/My shaking hands forever bleed”.
Sure to be dubbed the ‘next big thing’, Natalie is not quite the atypical ‘grim-reaper of the pop world’ that she’d have you believe. Her haunting mix of pop and jazz will undoubtedly earn her mainstream chart success, taking away from the edgy niche she is aiming to carve for herself.
But where’s the shame in that? Popular music is popular for a reason and there are more than plenty of reasons to listen to this gorgeous album.
Natalie Duncan ‘Devil In Me’ is out July 16.