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Queen Emily (Malaco Records)

Queen Emily (Malaco Records)

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UK release date 15.11.2010

Texas Born Emily David aka "Queen Emily" finally gets off the starter blocks with this souped up hot buttered finger licking soul nugget of a debut album.

As soon as the first few bars kick in I'm hooked. The warmth of this texan soul on offer here breezes in like a cool waft off the Rio Grande. The ghost of Willie Mitchell is in the house on this one! Deep southern grooves resplendant with juicy hammond, Phat-Phat Horns, wobbly Wurlitzer, slinky Fender guitar purring and that voice!

Queenie doesn't need to belt it out, her silky gospellish tones will just plain seduce you. Just listening to 'Angel In Your Arms' OMG what a towering tune - this is quality stuff. Her choice of covers is cool too just listen to her Bill Withers song 'Use Me' a fantastic arrangement full of character and a fat horn arrangement to die for. A crisp production, good old fashioned live playing, killer tunes and soulful vocals that are just dripping with honey. This girl is just pure class- the Queen Bee and I for one feel like being her most loyal servant!

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Words Emrys Baird

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