Gizelle Smith - RevealingJalapeno Records
Manchester based vocalist Gizelle Smith returns with her latest lp entitled "Revealing". The soul and funk chanteuse's third full length release takes a shift from the high octane raw soul compositions she's become known for. Like all of us, the past year took a toll on Smith. Aside from the pandemic she also lost her Dad Joe, former musical director for legendary Motown group The Four Tops. She decided to scratch her original compositions and came up with the material we're treated to here. The opener "Agony Road" has a catchy guitar hook and provides the perfect canvas for Smith's restrained but potent vocals. "Better Remember" is a mellow tune fueled by a wicked wah wah guitar pedal and a soulful rhythm section. Smith shows a softer side as she confronts social distancing and the anxieties that come along with it. "Riot Cars" and "The Girl Who Cried Snow" have a rock tinged edge to them yet Smith sounds right at home. Although she's been in the game for more than a decade, Smith has just scratch the surface. This marvelous lp showcases a new side to her and you're gonna to love the results.
Reg Dancy, 07/21