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Tracey Browne - Everyone is Ordinary (NABD)

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Debut solo album from Manchester-based singer-songwriter Tracey Browne, proving that not everyone is ordinary despite the album title. With eleven self-penned songs, one written with producer Nigel Stonier, EVERYONE IS ORDINARY reveals a confident approach to songwriting. With a brief spell as lead singer with the rock band Minus One Raver as well as appearing in Thea Gilmore's band as backing vocalist/keyboard player, Tracey is ready to demonstrate her credentials as a fine songwriter in her own right. Originally from Cambridge, Tracey delivers a punchy collection of songs that are both honest and uncompromising, with the occasional heart on sleeve scenario. There's also one or two moments of quirky tenderness, on Kate Rusby for instance, which has our heroine fantasizing over being Eddi Reader, whilst her protagonist is our Kate. A sort of rite of passage that we all go through in order find our real selves (this reviewer was Al Pacino once, honest guv). The final lyric in River City probably offers Tracey Browne's most astute observation, that she has a lot to stick around for and this might indeed be her time.

Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky