Florence Rawlings – A Fool In Love (4/10)

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Mike Batt, industry honcho and the man behind many a memorable theme song (Watership Down, The Wombles, The Hunting of The Snark) plucks starlet Rawlings from obscurity to perform a set of “raw southern soul grooves” on his Dramatico label.

Batt’s songwriting and production show all the gritty soulful authenticity you’d expect from a former official Conservative Party composer, while Rawling’s voice would better suit sanitised pop. A couple of rock’n’roll covers (from Ike Tuner and Chuck Berry) also fail to convince, but most offensive is the mangling of Allen Toussaint’s Riverboat. In short, awful.

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