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Seinabo Sey | I’m a Dream
According to Patrick Corcoran: “If there is one song that is emblematic of the whole album, it is ‘Breathe.’ Lyrically it is about coming to terms with the past and all of its associated anxieties. Musically, it has the same soul pop sweep but allied to a euphoric swathe of strings and the uplifting presence of a choir. Yet still a feeling of sadness pervades due to the texture of Sey’s voice. Everything she sings has a thread of blue running through it and that contrast to the uplifting musical backdrop creates the magic.
What she also does successfully is leave us wanting more. At just ten songs (nine if we discount the “Hakim” interlude), the album doesn’t suffer under the weight of its own pretensions. This is pop music with soul delivered perfectly by a unique singer. What’s not to love?”