Bella Hardy – Postcards and Pocketbooks

Album Review |Noe Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

If we consider the twelve years of music making and nine albums along the way, Postcards and Pocketbooks: The Best of Bella Hardy could hardly fail to impress through its sheer expansiveness in terms of songwriting and musical collaboration.  Twenty-seven songs collected from a journey covering well over a decade, provides a wide variety of music all of which is presented here with a thoughtful running order, from Bella’s troubled pop sensibilities of “Learning to Let Go”, through to the previously unreleased “Tequila Moon”, Bella’s distinctive voice ringing out throughout. 

Presented as a miniature double album with gatefold sleeve and pretty inner sleeves, Postcards and Pocketbooks is as good as a ‘best of’ compilation can get.  Eight of Bella’s official album releases are represented, with only the seasonal Bright Morning Star absent for obvious reasons, with informed choices from each, together with one or two previously unreleased tracks.  When it’s light it’s light, when it’s dark, it’s most definitely dark and Bella is one of the singers who does it best.

Choice Track: “First Light of the Morning” (NSV 488)