Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Song That Could Break the Ice for Snow Patrol

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Song That Could Break the Ice for Snow Patrol

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Snow Patrol: spitting games

Snow Patrol are an Irish Glasgow-based band who started life at the University of Dundee, and after working hard for a few years Spitting Games may just be the single that sees them break through to the big time. Taken from their acclaimed album Final Straw, Spitting Games is gaining great exposure on MTV and rightly so. Spitting Games is a moody, indie song that has class oozing from between its notes.

JOHN ANDERSON

KATE WALSH: CLOCKTOWER PARK

A former factory worker from Essex, singer-songwriter Kate Walsh has since moved to Newcastle to record and release her debut album through cult North East label, Kitchenware Records.

With her breathy vocals reminiscent of fellow contemporary solo songstresses Gemma Hayes and Beth Orton, Walsh's gritty lyrics and doleful intonation add a layer of realism to her music, seldom seen in recent years.

LP opener, It's Never Over, sets the tone for what's to follow, as we're immediately treated to an ethereal soundscape made up of swirly guitars and breezy percussion.

Covering the usual topics of love, loss and recovery, Walsh effortlessly bounds from one track to the next, barely taking a breath yet sounding consistently at ease with her singing.

Newcastle, of course is not new to producing high-quality female folk. The global success of Northumbria graduate Kathryn Williams, who narrowly missed out on winning the coveted Mercury Music Prize for her debut Little Black Numbers, recorded her album in Heaton.

ANDREW FENWICK

SEAL: GET IT TOGETHER

Singer-songwriter Seal established himself at the forefront of the Brit-soul revival in the 1990s, enjoying transatlantic success and an array of accolades.

Having undergone a five-year stint out of the limelight, he is back and set to climb the charts once more. The Grammy award winner's long-awaited return is being marked with his newfangled single, Get It Together, taken from his newly released album Seal IV. The single, an embryonic dance track, is twinned with the legendary vocals one expects from such an accomplished artist, engineering what can only be described as a perfect combination of soothing melodies and sultry, raspy vocals. …

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