Fitting with her song-writing and performance experience, honed since her teenage-age years, Love & Lovely Lies is a startlingly accomplished record. Interestingly, the album opens with a feint of sorts as Here Goes Nothing has far more of a rock sound than expected, with the guitars having more than a touch of classic punk’s sound and pacing. The remaining songs fit more with the usual alt-country/Americana template and alternate between full-band backed – though never overworked – and more stripped back, minimal, arrangements. Constant throughout is the strength of Clark’s voice, which soars on Things You Never Had, drops oddly – and in an oddly satisfying manner – into the low notes of How You Spend It, and is simply striking on Something Out Of Nothing.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 17th May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.