Lorraine Jordan – Send My Soul

Album Review | Hazellville Music | Review by Marc Higgins | Stars: 4/5

Send My Soul is Lorraine Jordan’s fifth album. Drawing on Irish family and a welsh upbringing, Lorraine’s music is Celtic Soul with contemporary influences. “The Secret To Everything” and the wonderful “Heavenly Voices” feature Jordan’s fine voice, recalling the soulful Sally Barker. A find band builds an atmospheric swirl around her with Cormac Byrne’s sophisticated percussion and Stefan Hannigan’s spiritual low whistles winding around that superb voice.

“Light Seekers” has a simple Folk or Americana arrangement with Lorraine’s guitar accompanying some very spiritual lyrics. “Desert Sands” adds Duduk, Accordion and percussion to suggest dry heat, but all this is a foil for Lorraine Jordan’s smouldering vocal. “Send My Soul” has a gospel like intensity with organ, resonator guitar and a small choir of voices swelling the chorus to something spiritual and uplifting. “You Come To Me” again has that Sally Barker soulful vocal, tempered with a few of 60’s hippy folk artist Melanie Safka’s low notes, the result is that Lorraine could sing a shopping list and it would be soulful and smooth. “Gypsy Soul” adds Sean Whelan’s atmospheric guitars, plucked and strummed around Lorraine, literal Gypsy flamenco flourishes. “The Riverside” has an intensity, with Lorraine building through the song, till she is really roaring it out. It is a real affecting song, traditional folk and blues imagery over an infectious snapping rhythm with a soaring vocal. The final track “minor to major” with its shuffle beat and singalong feel is a song of hope and positivity, a real glow to finish on after a consistently strong and rewarding album.

Choice Track: Send My Soul (NSV 494)