Totally Biased Fan Review – Holy Smoke – Ingrid Mae


On the recommendation of some country musos, I ordered a single of Ingrid’s and liked it so much, I pre-ordered the album. As most people know, I prefer the hard copy cd, which I will get eventually, but when you get an iTunes download, they top up the songs as they become available and eventually send you the whole album. I had just received all the tracks yesterday morning but had to go to work so I had planned to review it in full yesterday afternoon on this morning. I had Leonie McClure’s 2RRR show on the radio and who should pop in to the studio but Ingrid Mae. Coincidence? Omen? Maybe. She had her album launch last night in Annandale in Sydney.  With her talking about some of the tracks (until I had to open up at work) – it helped with writing this review, as there is not that much information around and without having the details from an album cover, the interviews help. If you look through the titles of  some of the tracks, you will see that some of them are quite quirky. That comes across in her personality (similar to Susan Lily and Melissa Robertson). These three girls have big, fun personalities but they also write songs to think about.

It was refreshing to hear her say that “We have enough songs for another album but we want to see how this one goes first.” That is a great sign for us fans. Ingrid Mae’s voice is like if you put Rose Carleo, Bonnie Raitt and Pam Tillis in a blender. That’s a good thing, by the way folks.

Her songs are honest, relatable and range from easy ballads to soulful, bluesy and rock chick tracks. Well written, polished and well produced.  I can imagine her performing these songs LIVE.  I reckon that she would be funny and energetic and entertaining.

Leonie sent me a message yesterday, asking if I was still listening. I was until the moment that I had to open up the doors at work. I really didn’t want to turn it off. You will feel the same way when you play the album. I have now played it 8 times.

There is something for everybody on this album. Paul Mac produced it, and no doubt played some drums on it, and he does a great job. Unfortunately, I don’t have all the credits, so I can’t tell you who played what, but I do know that Ingrid wrote all the songs, maybe some of them were co-writes.

She has a voice that changes according to the song that she sings. There are 14 songs on this album, something that is virtually unheard of these days. They are all different and all winners.

Some are big and ballsy, others are laid back and require a merlot and a box of tissues. The last song is a heartbreaker and probably my favourite. This is definitely one of my favourite albums of the year so far and there are a few shower songs and toe tappers on here as well as more mellow tracks.

Holy Smoke, Batman, this is a rippa. Listen to it, you won’t be disappointed.





Undoin’ the good


The way you leave me

As the Crow Files

I love the bends

Bring i

Saloons N’ Outlaws

New Squeeze

Hell Bent

Holy Smoke

Mason Breakin’

An Angel Said Hello


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