I’ve always seen Delta Goodrem as an Aussie version of Tori Amos and Celine Dion, which is a potent mix – indie attitude meets big ballads.
She might have lost her way a little after her record-breaking debut, Innocent Eyes; her seventh studio album is about fame, fear and failing to live up to expectations. “I guess it didn’t go the way I thought it would,” she admits in Dear Elton, a love letter to the UK superstar. And in the opening cut, Keep Climbing, she sings: “There’s a fear in every step.”
But this album is surefooted and superb, with Goodrem successfully veering from pop to ballads, gospel and even a country-tinged detour. “I guess that I have finally arrived now,” she declares. “I feel that I am truly my own self.”
Bridge Over Troubled Dreams by Delta Goodrem is out May 14, including on JB-exclusive white vinyl, via Sony.
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