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Young songstress Alison May has a truly original voice and her remarkable debut album Earnest Keep delivers a blue hued, powerful string of 12 wide eyed folk songs. There are lovely organ and electric guitar embellishments but it is over all a stripped down effort, relying on little more then Alison’s one of a kind voice and emotive sensibility. My two personal favorites are the cutting “Michael’s Song” which culminates in the deeply effective refrain “prepare yourself… everyone is going to change” and “Ellis” which allows for May to break into a ghostly falsetto when she reaches the climax of the story – which seems to be about immigration into Ellis Island, NY.

This is a stellar debut carried by a great voice, a lot of wonderfully recorded instrumentation and rich, pensive lyrics that reflect a depth far beyond her years.

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