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Callaghan - The Other Side (Self Release)

It comes as little surprise that Lincolnshire-born singer-songwriter Georgina Callaghan, known professionally by her surname only, chooses to pursue a radio friendly pop direction on this her latest EP release. Following the current trend for releasing shorter bursts of creativity, Callaghan's five-track EP is in effect a showcase for her more accessible pop tunes, richly arranged and orchestrated with her confident voice very much to the fore.

In places the songs are nailed-on contemporary radio tunes with the lead song, the title track, appearing twice here, yet for the life of me I can't spot the difference between the two apart from the fact that the second version is about half a minute longer. For me though, Callaghan excels mostly in the stunning performance of what I see as essentially the EP's showstopper song, the exquisite Surrender, which is not unlike a gorgeous mixture of Sarah McLachlan, Regina Spektor and the Cranberries all rolled up into one; the EP is important if only for this fine piece of work.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky