Review: Trixie Whitley – Fourth Corner

5 Mar

Trixie Whitley

Trixie Whitley is a woman of many talents; a drummer, a songwriter, she’s toured with a ballet company in her youth and aged just 11 she DJ’ed at the Belgium Museum of Modern Art, but the thing that strikes you most about Trixie is her voice. She has been blessed with a vast, powerful, soulful voice, the likes of which suggest diva. It’s the kind of diva voice that fills giant concert halls and sells out night after night in a months-long Vegas residency. Yet that is not how she uses it.

On her debut solo album, Fourth Corner, Trixie provides a masterclass in power and control, more often than not opting for the understated as opposed to the grandiose. In doing so, she shows awareness for the beauty of simple, honest emotions and eschews the ovation-baiting throat warbling that so many with similar gifts have revelled in. Hers is an altogether classier approach.

This is her debut but she is no stranger to the world of music, having performed with the band Black Dub before going solo, and she is the daughter of the late American singer Chris Whitley, (she even sang on his records and spent time watching him record in the studio). That education has obviously served her well and Fourth Corner feels like a grounded, very honest album. It takes in a multitude of genres as it skips across its tracks, jazz, blues, R’n’B, indie, pop, electro but all the while it is Trixie’s voice that captivates. Even as she drops into spoken word and the strings slink and slide below with a mystical Eastern flavour in “Silent Rebel Pt. 2” nothing is lost.

Spanning so many genres it is hard to pick standout tracks, which is a good thing as it is a testament not only to their quality but also how its eclectic nature doesn’t prevent Fourth Corner from feeling like a complete whole. There is strength and attitude as well as fragility and vulnerability. There are grinding rock guitars and dark percussions. There are soft piano lines and dramatic arrangements. Yet while the style changes and morphs, there is one singular constant, Trixie’s quite remarkable voice and the magnificent way in which she has chosen to use it.

Fourth Corner is out now and available digitally or physically

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One Response to “Review: Trixie Whitley – Fourth Corner”

  1. name not supplied April 14, 2013 at 02:00 #

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