This week’s album of the week is ‘Red Brick Road’ by Lauren Dalgleish
As hinted at by the album’s title, American author L. Frank Baum also makes an appearance via the influence of his book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – threaded throughout the ten track album are songs that act, in effect, as a soundtrack to a forthcoming book and animated featured both entitled Red Brick Road.
The story is set in an earlier period in the history of Oz and tells the tale of Queen Jennifer of Secerno, her plight, and why she had to send her baby daughter Dorothy in a twister to Kansas…
Scottish singer songwriter Lauren Dalgleish has already garnered some deserved attention with a winning song (Queen of Oz) at the UK Songwriting Festival in association with Burnsong. On release of her debut album Tom Robinson’s BBC Radio 6 Music show featured the ‘Celtic’ flavoured ‘Apparently’, Sell out shows at festivals have brought glowing reviews:
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“It was a superb gig – one of those evenings where you tuck away the experience in order to be able to say in 20 years time that you saw her when she was still at school – honestly, if you weren’t there, you have no way of appreciating just how good this was”
But as anyone who has seen Lauren Dalgleish perform live can testify, what grabs the attention first and foremost is her voice and a vocal intelligence that belies her teenage years.
The songs from Red Brick Road are the the perfect foil to the voice of Lauren Dalgleish, every song stands strong and each brings out a new musical or vocal facet of Lauren Dalgleish.
The ethereal vocal and acoustic guitar instrumental ‘Tornado’ closes out the album.
Taking its musical lead from the arrangement given to ‘Ae Fond Kiss,’ the tune plays the part of the twister that blew Dorothy all the way to Kansas.
Back in the land of Oz however Dorothy followed the Yellow Brick Road, as did Judy Garland in her guise as Dorothy in the classic film musical; Elton John would later sing Goodbye to it with a classic of his own.
Lauren Dalgleish has taken a different coloured road, but it’s a path that will hopefully lead to a lengthy and recognised music career.