Natural, the new album from Andrea Marr, opens with a track titled Force Of Nature.
The horns are blazing, the drums are pounding, and Marr’s vocal is soaring – “I can’t hide these feelings racing inside of me, a hurricane of emotion.” Nine of the eleven cuts here are originals, and Marr brings plenty of sass to her covers of Aretha’s Rock Steady and Marva “Soul Sister #1” Whitney’s What Do I Have To Do.
The gospel gem Grateful shows serious songwriting smarts. And props to Marr’s eight-piece band, The Funky Hitmen. Melbourne’s soul scene is surging, and Natural shows that Andrea Marr is at the forefront.
Natural is out now via Only Blues.
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