Review: Clare Free – Butterflies

Posted on: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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Clare Free – Butterflies

(Self-release)

This easy listen acoustic album, ‘Butterflies’ from Clare Free, has a leaning towards popular folk with blues overtones. An interesting and very personal catalogue of songs all written and played by Clare.

The first track on the album, ‘Thank You’, has poignant lyrics with beautiful guitar playing. Next is the title track of the album, ‘Butterflies’. The use of multi-tracking gives a fullness to Clare’s voice and complements her guitar work well. ‘Vagabond Sanctuary’, is a sad, but lovely track with wonderful guitar and beautifully sung.

The following number ‘For My Child’ has an ethereal feel, again with very personal lyrics and the echo effects adds to the ambiance of the track. The next song has words we can all understand and equate to, ‘He’s Your Brother’ is a pleasant easy listen with lovely guitar.

Clare has written many of her songs from personal experience and ‘My Dad’ is no exception. Very much written in memory of an important person in her life. Many people can equate to this. ‘Sixty Years Young’ is an interesting blues number and one for the pensioners. The lyrics do not apply to all of that age group I hope.

A beautifully played slow number, with blues overtones, ‘Smile And Say Goodbye’ is the penultimate track on the album. The final track on this easy listen album ‘We Found’ makes good use of multi-tracking enhancing Clare’s lovely voice.

A very personal, well put together album with haunting vocals and lyrics and superb guitar playing.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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