Review: Naomi Mather – “Born At The Wrong Time” (EP)

Posted on: Friday, Mar 20, 2009

Naomi Mather

NAOMI MATHER

“Born At The Wrong Time” (EP)

Here’s the first promising release from Liverpool-based blues lady Naomi Mather – a graduate of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, who has been gigging around the city for a couple of years now – a four-track self-penned EP, which show off her singing, playing and writing skills.

Favouring stripped down slide guitar (Dobro, I think), the four songs show a definite Delta blues influence, with the opening “Can’t Do Nothin’” driven along with a scratchy guitar riff and her gutsy vocal; the title cut, “Born At The Wrong Time” has a more folky blues feel, with more nice guitar work – both slide and fingerpicking.

“Nobody Treat Me” rides along on her slide work again, with some nice percussion work – probably my favourite of the four tracks. The closing “From Here, We Can See It All”, shifts tempo a little, being more of a plaintive, reflective ballad and a quite lovely song, with her fine voice to the fore.

A most enjoyable 13 minutes, and I am looking forward to catching Naomi live – probably at the Worthenbury Festival in June – checkout usual websites for more details.

GRAHAME RHODES

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