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.

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