- Audio CD (January 20, 2009)
- Imported ed. edition
- Original Release Date: January 20, 2009
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: EP
- Label: Motown Records
- ASIN: B001CFLH9A
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,584 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Extended Play [EP] EP
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Gin Wigmore is a distinctive singer/songwriter, whose sound is driven by a startling voice; her delivery succinctly described by a critic as 'whiskey and dry' and whose self-penned songs provide a refreshing new take on life as a '20-something' and yet relate across the generations. Geographically, Gin tracks from Auckland to Buenos Aires to Sydney. Vocally she runs from Macy Gray to Blondie to Edith Piaf. Five tracks. Universal Motown
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This disc is back to basics. Few accompanying instruments & more of Ms Wigmore's unique voice. Not always a good thing. Mellow songs, specific vocals. I listened once and returned to my wine (& gravel). You have to start somewhere, this cd has multiple hit songs from New Zealand's charts, if that's what it takes to get where you are today, it was worth it, thank you.
I'm so happy I stumbled onto a free track from her, a track off her debut album `Holy Smoke' that really got me excited enough to purchase this EP and sink my teeth into what she has to offer. These five tracks are stellar and they really have me all sorts of hot and bothered for her album. In fact, I may be clicking on the `purchase' button in a few minutes.
I just wanted to get this off my chest first.
With gin soaked vocals (I don't think that name is a coincidence) and a confidence laced with the right amount of vulnerability, Gin Wigmore stands out like a sore thumb (in a good way) on everyone of these tracks.
The opening track, `These Roses', has a simplicity to it that embellishes Gin's standout vocals. She has a piercing voice that sifts over the piano keys like a sharp knife waiting to make its first cut. `Hallelujah' has a similar softness to it. It has an almost bluesy swagger to it, recalling to my mind the folksy greatness of Ray LaMontagne and the like. The closing, `Easy Come Easy Go', has a delicate playfulness about it that almost gives it a lullaby sound.
But, for me, the best tracks here are `S.O.S' and `Under My Skin', two fun loving, engaging and catchy tunes that show a playful side to Gin. These are the songs that recall the glorious V.V. Brown to me. `Under My Skin' is pure perfection, with great lyrics and great musicality. Everything just comes together wonderfully. I love the bouncy chorus, which is just so much fun to sing along with. It almost has a saloon-esque vibe to it.
So, check this girl out. She has what it takes to be different and remain consistent and memorable!
These Roses is a bitter sweet song about not being scared of love and trudging forward within it.
Expectinig another ABBA remake when I saw the title, S.O.S., I was was pleasantly surprised since it is not an ABBA remake. S.O.S. has an island feel to it; upon hearing it, I felt I was sitting on the beach with a double big gulp size margarita. Asking for help, it 'makes no sense to do it all again' and 'I'm sending out an S.O.S. times two'.
Hallelujah starts off with a nice slow guitar in the style of New Braunfels, Texas' Sixpence None The Richer. The song is surprisingly slow with her beautiful velvet voice. Hallelujah indeed!
Under My Skin is the song from the Air New Zealand Nothing To Hide commercial that has over 4 million hits on YouTube and it was this commercial mentioned on a CNN release to which I was able to find this song.
Easy Come Easy Go starts out reminding me of an acoustic version of Kansas "Dust In The Wind" slightly sped up. I love the ending to the song, 'Would You Wait, Would You Wait, Would You Wait For Me'. The answer is YES.
Here's hoping to hear more from her.