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Rita Hosking - Frankie and the No-Go Road (Self Release)

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There isn't an awful lot of things we can rely on these days sadly; in fact at times I'm almost surprised when things go well. However, with every new release from California singer-songwriter Rita Hosking, reliability can be taken as a given. With Rita's sixth album release to date, all those things we rely upon are very much present and correct; great songs, engaging lyrics, mature arrangements and informed playing together with that all important and highly distinctive voice. The songs included here were actually conceived whilst drawing, resulting in a sort of West Coast Americana-styled concept album, although actually the songs can each be taken on their own merit. There's a subtle thread running through the songs, of a soul searching journey, highlighted further by the subtitles provided for each of the songs in the accompanying booklet, 'Frankie sees room for improvement in the world' and 'Villain at Fault Becomes Apparent' on A Better Day and Wetiko respectively, and so on. The concept, inspired by the book The Hero with a Thousand Faces, features songs based on these drawings, which in turn were influenced by the artist Norvel Morrisseau. The concept of the album may be a new departure, but the songs have Rita Hosking written all over them.     

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky

Show Number: 401
Airplay Date: 11.11.15
Track Played: Magic Carpet
Release Date: 30.10.15
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