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2010 debut album from the British singer/songwriter. Eliza Doolittle - strong of opinion, smiley of face, loud of tights - was born in Camden, north London 21 years ago. Informed by the stresses of modern city life, teenag... more »
2010 debut album from the British singer/songwriter. Eliza Doolittle - strong of opinion, smiley of face, loud of tights - was born in Camden, north London 21 years ago. Informed by the stresses of modern city life, teenage aggro, classic pop, old soul and the appeal of simple, strong melodies built from clanking percussion and jazzy licks, Eliza's album is bursting at the seams with life and enthusiasm and vigour - just like its creator. Parlophone.
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A Very Good, But Not Great Pop-Jazz Album
M. Roberts | Baltimore, MD | 08/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The pop-jazz genre is hard to explain to people. Eliza Doolittle's self-titled album doesn't help that problem. Striking the right balance between pop and jazz is very hard to do, something I'd say only truly accomplished by Jamie Cullum's Twentysomething, and something Eliza Doolittle falls just short of.
There's no doubt throughout the album that Eliza can sing with the best of them (her voice is like a more "pop" version of norah jones) and it shows in a couple of different ways in some very different song types.
A lot of the songs are just plain fun. "Skinny Jeans", "Pack Up", and "Mr Medicine" all fall in this "fun" category, with catchy lyrics and a foot tapping beat, the kind of songs that could potentially get played on the radio. Beyond those songs, slower more jazzy songs like "Nobody" are just really good songs that also have well written lyrics but are more heartfelt jazzy songs.
This range of song type is also what's holding the Album back from greatness. There's no continuity. The songs vary so much between being pop and jazz that you find yourself either being a little annoyed at the very poppy songs, or bored by the very jazzy songs (which is strange because independently they are good songs). It's not much of a criticism, but it holds the album back from being truly great.
Despite this minor criticism, I would definitely recommend this album, especially for fans of Jamie Cullum (who Eliza tours with), Peter Cincotti, Norah Jones (if you handle a bit more of a pop-infused jazz) or anyone looking to get into the pop-jazz genre in general."