Album Review: Slow Moving Millie – Renditions3 min read
Slow Moving Millie is the name that has been cast upon Liverpudlian songbird Amelia Warner. You may know the name already as the successful actress cast in films including Quills and Aeon Flux or perhaps for her past marriage to Hollywood heartthrob Colin Farrell. The singer is now making a name for herself under the alias of Slow Moving Millie and as one of the latest in UK talents thanks to an advert for John Lewis. With the spotlight firmly fixed on the singers beautiful rendition of the Smiths classic Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want following its use on the latest Christmas advert for the UK retail giant it is now time for the appropriately titled Renditions, the singers debut record.
Renditions is just that, a collection of classic covers that the singer has beautifully pieced together that spans a wide range of styles allowing it to appeals to a wide range of music lovers.
The key track on the record is of course the opening Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want. It is a fitting single for the singer whose vocals resonate eloquently throughout the duration of the number and has been given the stamp of approval by Morrissey himself.
The following Thompson Twins’ classic Hold Me Now is given a sixties big band reboot and showcases once again Slow Moving Millie’s gorgeous breathy tones as well as her comfort within a well orchestrated and nostalgic record.
Bananarama are given some of the spotlight as the musician offers her take on the iconic girl groups Love In The First Degree. Driven by a gorgeous piano structure it is the warm backdrop of strings that make this one a highlight on the track-listing of Renditions and turn a simple pop track into three and a half minutes of moving balladry that causes goosebumps.
Taking on one of the monsters of electro-pop Slow Moving Millie gives a spectacular performance of Yazoo’s 1982 Top 3 power pop classic, Don’t Go. The track enlists a wide range of instruments and pulls together a complimenting big band back drop and a fantastic horn section that sits effectively under the singers textured vocal lickings.
Renditions is a beautifully arranged collection of eighties covers that Slow Moving Millie proudly places her stamp on and makes her own and the collection here is very hard to fault however what is evident and could be a potential downfall for Slow Moving Millie is the fact that all of the songs that make up the track-listing of Renditions are delivered in similar style (quite appropriate given the name of the star) which can be a little too much to handle if you take on listening to the whole album in one go. There can be no dispute that the singer does a spectacular job on all of the tracks that we are offered here however in small doses it can be more appreciated.
That aside Renditions is a brilliant release for Slow Moving Millie and a fitting record for the Christmas season with its beautiful arrangements and warming tones that fills the collection to the brim as we welcome a bright new star to the forefront of laid back pop sweetness.
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