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Grace Petrie, Tell Me a Story

2010; 53 mins; £8.50 incl. p&p from www.gracepetrie.com

“Tell Me A Story” is the opening track of Grace Petrie’s third album which shares the title with the rallying introductory song that will undoubtedly have you singing along and oozing optimism for humankind. Petrie has an earthy Bragg-influenced vocal style which is catchy and very pleasing on the ear with a turn of phrase which is effortlessly stylish.

The whole album is deliberately simple and in affect raw, full of passion and sincere conviction. The first track is without a doubt the strongest song on the album and well worth purchasing just for its uplifting motif: “And I still have faith in my fellow man, I believe he’s doing all he can”. It’s almost unrealistically positive but it is a much-needed antidote to the negativity which can often stagnate our movement.

Petrie pays tribute to human achievement and celebrates what is possible. Other songs on the album grow on you with further listening as Petrie successfully manages to keep afloat an album which mainly consists of her primal singing and guitar playing. Tracks like “I’m Not Going Down With Your Ship” are melancholy in tone and tempo but still encapture fighting spirit and hopefulness, a theme which runs through the album.

Grace Petrie has a buoyant style which I can imagine doing well in a live situation whether at a festival or protest. Tell Me A Story is definitely an album for anyone feeling downtrodden by the perils of activist life.

Topics: Culture