Tuesday 19 May 2015

Saun & Starr: Look Closer album

Heartbreak and joy visit Saun & Starr, with one of those emotions staying longer than the other. That's soul music and as long as quality soul music exists its emotional core will always be struck harder by heartbreak.

Look Closer is blindsided by misery and is all the sweeter for it. You might know Saun & Starr when they trade under The Dapettes as the backing vocalists for Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. This album, written by the Dap Kings, is suppler than Sharon Jones because it glides instead of sweats.

You can measure its tenor in skinny guitars, softly punching horns and romantic tragedy. If, like me, you've got their two singles, you'll have 4 of these 11 tracks. But how can I feel shortchanged with a record this enriching.

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