Quality over quantity. My country music daughter, little buddy and part of my Tamworth Sisterhood, Aleyce Simmonds is not prolific. She is constantly working and working on quality product.
We highly anticipate her new releases and we are never disappointed. Her current release Here and Now is just as welcome as any other of her splendiferous albums that she has released before. Her last album was my fave, so it is always hard when there is a following album, but it is even better.
When you have two legends of country music join you on the album in duets, John Williamson and Adam Harvey that is pretty much a great plus.
The album is pretty much the quality that you would expect from Aleyce, who can sing pretty much everything. backwards, forwards and upside down. She varies the tempo, the meaning, the style of each song.
The trad style that she applies to Three Sons with John Williamson, the moving ballad and single, I Could Dance With You, Still I wait is more up tempo, every song has its agenda and different beat.
Of course the song with Adam is a drinking song.
Just Do It is a positive song to semi end with (there is an extra track) – It is probably one of my favourites on the album.
My girl never lets me down.
Beautifully produced by my “cousin” Simon Johnson at Hillbilly Hut, the album rolls along and is a definite contender already for next year’s Golden Guitars. Steve Newton and Matt Fell also have a hand in it.
A couple of songs are dedicated to those who have passed, including I could dance with you and We will not let them forget, two of the best songs on the album.
I always look forward to an Aleyce album. Singles are nice, involvement in other folks’ albums are great things but we always welcome an Aleyce album.
The songs are heartbreakers, positive outlooks, reflections, with beautiful harmonies and a mix of traditional and modern country songs. She always gets the balance right.
The album is pretty near perfect, with a great balance of sad and happy content.
One criticism of the album is that there aren’t any official credits… I gather Michael Cole would be playing on there but I can’t see anything else. I also gather that Aleyce wrote most of the songs, or at least co-wrote them. There is nothing that our girl can’t sing. She is pretty special.
I really love Better than Lonely.
There are more “country” feel songs on the album. Obviously the Harvey song is one of them.
Aleyce is one of our best. Enjoy.
1. I Could Dance With You
2. Love Is A Big Word
3. Everything Or Nothing At All
4. How Bad Can It Be?
5. Better Than Lonely
6. Bottle Set Me Free with Adam Harvey
7. Maybe Life’s Supposed to Be That Way
8. Believe You
10. Designated Driver
11. Still I Wait
12. Three Sons (feat. John Williamson)
13. Just Do It
14. We Will Not Let Them Forget (bonus track)