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Gin Wigmore – Gravel & Wine album review

The New Zealand artist dazzles us with this vibrant album.

Gin Wigmore

Gin Wigmore is a 26 year old singer-songwriter from New Zealand. The young singer’s track, Man Like That has already been used on the Heineken/James Bond 007 Skyfall TV commercial. Her new album Gravel & Wine is available now and we had a listen.

The album kicks off with the vibrant Black Sheep and quickly you’ll see the resemblance between Gin Wigmore and our very own singer-songwriters. Wigmore has a tone that reminds of Duffy and an energy that is commendable. Black Sheep is riveting and exciting and so is Man Like That. Expect vibrant notes and a tempo that makes you want to dance. Lyrically Wigmore has also a lot to give with quite few clever idea.

We like it when artists get to the point and certainly Wigmore seems to do that. We like how the artist’s tracks don’t drag on and avoid getting annoying. Poison is an electric ballad, which shows off Wigmore’s vocals a little more and certainly during the almost religious chorus. We move from a gospel inspired sound to something a little more seductive with Kill Of The Night. An edgy guitar riff and lyrics that stick, I am going to getcha, I am going to getcha, all contribute to making this track as entertaining as it is. Like an odd to a kill, Kill Of The Night describes how Gin Wigmore hunts her prays and she does describe it so well. Throw in the darkness of some riffs and you got the perfect mood set for this tale.

Devil In Me is a little too Abba-like for us when it starts with its old-school drum beat but the chorus freshens things up making the track a little more contemporary.

There are still a few surprises on the album with a stunning rendition of If Only a ballad that will take you back with its fifties sound. The piano seems to be the perfect companion to Gin Wigmore’s vocals and as they soar, you can clearly hear her cry and feel the emotion that runs through her singing.

Almost like If Only’s polar opposite Dirty Love shows a different side to Wigmore, a confident and ballsy image is revealed. This time the artist is accompanied by a soaring guitar full of power and confidence just like her lyrics.

Another favourite on the album is Saturday Smile, which we love for its soft and fragile vocals and classic piano. We love that things were kept simple for this track. This ballad is heartbreaking in its simplicity and will talk to anyone whose heart has ever been broken.

Sweet Hell descends on you like a storm, calm then full of power; the combination of male and female vocals give the track a catchy vibe and a fun factor. This is the kind of track we’d release as a single.

The album ends on a soft note with Singin’ My Soul, a touching song played with an acoustic guitar only.

Gravel & Wine is certainly fun and we love that about Gin Wigmore. This album hasn’t got one filler in it instead it’s packed with great tracks, which could all easily be released as singles. Gin Wigmore has a stunning voice and infectious energy, which transpire on this album.


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