Odette Michell – The Wildest Rose

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Marc Higgins | Stars: 4/5

Odette Michell has a powerful folk rock voice. The Wildest Rose a traditional sounding own composition, with huge sounding percussion from Megson’s Stu Hanna and Phil Beer’s expressive fiddle shows off her confident full throttle singing perfectly. “The Banks Of Annalee” a rousing fairy tale is more intimate with wonderfully Celtic sounding whistle and fiddle from Toby Shaer. “Rolling Shores Of England” with Phil on second vocal and “Bless The Ground You Grow On” show off Odette’s beautiful voice perfectly against soft Celtic County Folk accompaniment. There is much to get lost in within Michell’s quiet understatement and nuanced singing on songs like “Dance Me Through The Night.” “Great Old Northern Line”, with a great guitar part mimicking the sound of a train, is another emotionally charged performance and song. “True Lovers Farewell”, like a guitar and voice lift from a 60s Joan Baez album is an absolute masterclass in how to deliver traditional songs and one of the strongest tracks on this fine album. Strong contender for strongest track on the album is the masterpiece “The Eastern Seas”, Odette channels Sandy Denny at her most Psych Folk over Phil Beer’s other worldly fiddle. Rousing and muscular like “The Wildest Rose”, stripped back on “True Lovers Farewell” or dusted with whistles and mist on “I Once Loved A Shepherd” this is an assured album and a great listen with lots of highs and no lows. Whether soaring or soothing Odette Michell is one to watch.