Saskia – Are You Listening?

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Saskia Griffiths-Moore is in possession of the sort of alluring voice that wouldn’t have been out of place in the London bedsits of the early 1970s.  The former Harley Street craniosacral therapist, who sold up shop to follow her muse, first set out busking in the streets of the West Country, before pursuing a recording career, which has resulted in a handful of fine albums, including a tribute to the songs of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, recorded at the famed Abbey Road Studios in  London.

Are You Listening is the first of two planned albums in collaboration with the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Inc and features some of Saskia’s finest songs from the past five years, revisited, reimagined and redelivered in a gentle stripped down acoustic fashion.  Among the older material such as “These Hours” and “Bring It Down” originally from her Ocean of Stars album, and “In Time” and “Wash It Away” from her Night and Day album, are two brand new songs, “Best of You”, which is possibly the album highlight and “Come Comfort Me”, a beguiling anthem for these times.  The songs provides a glimpse into Saskia’s world, with some empathetic contributions by fellow musicians David Ian Roberts on guitar, Thomas Holder on double bass, Ali Petrie on piano and Gabriella Swallow on cello.  Unfortunately, I developed an aversion to the song “Hallelujah” which closes this album, some time ago when it became a karaoke staple for X Factor contestants, Leonard Cohen’s lyrical genius evaporating into pop wannabe soup.  Other than this personal niggle, the songs on Are You Listening feel right for today.

Choice Track: Are You Listening (NSV 506)