‘Scrapbook’ by Rosie Nimmo (Album)

17 May, 2016 in Music Reviews

Rosie Nimmo

Rosie Nimmo: compared to the likes of Billie Holiday, Patti Smith, and Dory Previn

The Scottish singer’s third album proves to be hauntingly sparse and a captivating affair that refuses to relinquish your attention

Rosie-Nimmo-Scrapbook Being compared to the likes of Billie Holiday, Patti Smith, and Dory Previn is a great compliment, but it could also heap a lot of pressure onto someone’s shoulders. Fortunately, where Rosie Nimmo is concerned, this is not the case.

The Scottish jazz singer is a stalwart of the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival, having played there annually since 2009. Scrapbook is Rosie’s third album and it is a stunning and delightful blend of modern jazz and folk with poetic lyrics. Her voice is attractive and enchanting, making it difficult to concentrate on the musical accompaniment. Stand out tracks are Hold Up, Stop, Take A Minute, and It’s So Good To Be Your Friend.

At times the album lacks in pace and the rare occasions that it does pick up speed do not last long, shiftily returning to the album’s sober state. However, this can be associated with the cool charisma of jazz, as the songs retain control and allow Nimmo’s voice and words to transport the listener to another time and place. Already released in Scotland at the end of January, it is now the turn of the rest of the UK to enjoy the relaxing pleasures of this album.

Verdict: An enchanting experience from start to finish

Dave Chrzanowski