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Album Review: Zoe Scott – Woman On Top

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British-born musician and new yet already well established songwriter, Zoe Scott, this week releases her debut album, Woman On Top, an album that shows that this rising princess of hard hitting rock and roll packs a hefty musical punch.

The record is coated in a rich bluesy and slightly country tinged dressing and has a strong radio friendly vibe that gets you tapping your toes along from the very first listen – in fact – from the very first listen you will be hooked.

ZoeScottWomanOnTopMaking her mark all over the world with a string of successful performances the singer has been busy in the lead up to her debut album which comes equipped with the debut single, Hard Habit, a track and record that demonstrates with ease her classic rock roots.

Album opener, Eight Lovers (And A One Night Stand) is a churning introduction to one of music next big names as she rips into a rebellious three minute ditty that includes some rather raunchy storytelling and some impressive guitar wailing.

The anthemic Get It Somewhere Else is, like a lot of the tracks on Woman On Top,  heavily reminiscent of eighties pop star Belinda Carlisle with a modern noughties twist. Definitely one of the standout tracks on the record it sits well among the rest of the album and would prove to be a great single release for Scott. In fact the record has a mass single appeal with a lot of the tracks having the radio release feel to them.

The thumping, seductive rhyming of the albums first single, Hard Habit, is another eighties power anthem inspired gem on the record and the first track to be released from the twelve track collection. As well as a fantastically infectious and bold chorus the track is hook laden and shows off Scott’s well crafted songwriting abilities in the well selected first release.

The albums title track is a pulsating addition to the record and pays homage to all things girl power and gives Scott the chance to tell it how it is from a womans point of view.

Further down the record on Forget About Us, Scott proves that she is also capable of serenading us with a sentimental power ballad. With tones similar to that of bolshy Pretenders front woman Chrissie Hynde, Scott lets her vulnerable and soft side loose around a meaty melody carried out by swinging guitars and complimenting backing vocals and a rather subtle but sweetly added piano filling.

Nearing the end of the record a gorgeous addition in the form of Nita shows face and is a perfect inclusion to the record allowing Scott’s versatility shines through with a persuasive and contrasting acoustic number. Beautiful versus collide with Scott’s sultry yet innocently laced tones to give the record a neat finishing.

Woman On Top is a record of absolute splendor and freshness that reopens the door to strong female singer songwriters that we havent had on the scene since the days of Alanis Morissette, Amanda Marshall and Sheryl Crow. With an inspiring and effortless quality about her, Scott is a rising songstress to keep firmly fastened on the radar and we will no doubt be hearing a lot more from her as she releases what has the potential to be hit after hit from one of the best records in some time.